MEXICO – Students in the Public Safety and Justice Program at the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation recently learned that the sky’s the limit to their educational opportunities.
With assistance from the Mexico Volunteer Fire Department, students were able to participate in a ladder climbing demonstration, which had them scaling a 28-foot ladder.
With ropes attached to the ladder from every angle to provide balance, each student took a turn climbing the ladder to experience a real-world technique utilized by firefighters.
”The exercise has a very strong focus on teamwork,” said Public Safety and Justice teacher Mark Bender. “Students hold the ropes that stabilize the ladder, they mind the belay safety rope that their fellow classmate’s safety and they also encourage each other to overcome the fear of the task at hand.”
Bender said that several students noted their fear of heights prior to the exercise, but each student showcased strength and bravery to conquer their fears.
“Several students overcame fear of heights, ladders and unstable platforms. Even if they didn’t complete the task, it’s still a win because they were able to push themselves into something that wasn’t comfortable for them,” Bender said.
Bender thanked the Mexico Volunteer Fire Department for their participation in the event, and noted the department’s continued support of the Public Safety and Justice program.