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Franklin Police & Fire wins Fire Muster competition


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  • Craig Pletenik/Phoenix Union High School District

Franklin Police & Fire senior boys and girls teams won the 11th annual Fire Muster competition, April 5 at Glendale Community College. 

It was the second consecutive title for the girls, while the boys won the event for the first time. 

The competition tests the students’ basic firefighting skills in five different events: protective clothing turn-out, donning a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), connecting to and operating a fire hydrant, deploying a 150-foot fire attack hose-line, and dragging a 165-pound mannequin, named “Rescue Randy” for 100 feet.

The winning Franklin Girls team was Anahi Ruiz, Karen Gayosso, Angelica Molina, Desirai Dixson, and Yulma Lopez. 

The Boys team was Luis Macias, Alex Arvizu, Alex Gutierrez, Ray Mireles, and Andrew Gorslin.

The teams are coached by Fire Science Instructor Richard Verduzco and Gabe Medrano.

The Thunderbirds fielded seven teams, including three all-female teams, the most girls teams ever fielded by a school in this competition.

Franklin defeated teams from Peoria, Glendale, Moon Valley, Sunnyslope and Apollo High Schools.