Welding students at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center worked on dozens of assignments this year but their latest project could save thousands of lives.
They created a Forcible Entry Training door for the Medina Fire Department that allows firefighters to practice different entry methods.
Crews use it to simulate rescue saving techniques they’d use on doors in apartments or commercial buildings.
It took months to finish the project but students say they were up for the challenge.
“I didn’t think we’d get into stuff this big the first year in BOCES but it was definitely fun doing it,” said junior Jordan Modan.
The entire class pitched in to complete it, and they even called in students from the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering class to create different components.
Welding teacher Ron Jackson says he’s excited that the class got the chance to show off their skills in a real world experience.
“We treat the shop almost like a job. A lot of good projects come and go and it’s good for the kids,” Jackson said.
The door would normally cost more than 5,000 dollars but the Wilson Sportsmen Club and a former police officer donated the money for the materials .
All fire fighters in the West Battalion of Orleans County can practice on it but other departments have already reached out to the school to order a similar door.
Jackson says the door will last for years, but the experience the kids shared together creating it will last a lifetime.
“To do this is a reward and you add the part where it can save lives, it doesn’t get any better than that.”