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Fire Science Students Notch Top Honors
Shown, the Fire Science students from Escalon High School, along with instructors, taking part in the recent Occupational Olympics hosted at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. Photo Contributed

On Thursday, March 2, members of the Escalon High School Fire Science II Team, accompanied by Instructors Seth Davis and Su Davis, attended the 37th Annual Stanislaus County Occupational Olympics and Career Exposition at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. Approximately 750 students from local high schools attended to compete in various events. There were also 45 business/industry representatives that offered exhibits and spoke to students about careers in EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement and Health Care Occupations.

Instructor Seth Davis had training sessions for the last month preparing students for the competition. Fire Science skills were tested, such as throwing ladders, turnout/SCBA drills, 150-pound dummy drag, ventilation strikes and a comprehensive exam based on IFSTA Essentials. The EHS Fire Science Team featured a team of seniors including Cody Parker, Hunter Budd, Ayden Wilson, Colton Page, Blaise Murillo, Wesley Keane and Luke Oliver. Escalon High took home First Place overall honors, led by Colton Page, the first place individual of the competition, followed by Blaise Murrillo in third place. Escalon, in fact, had five students in the top 10. Along with Page and Murrillo, Cody Parker took fourth place, Luke Oliver was fifth and Wesley Keane finished sixth.