Sophomore Fernando Olivares demonstrated the process of dousing flames to fellow Hoover High School students on Thursday during a firefighting lesson.
Fernando, 16, and the other students were schooled this week during their Police and Fire Academy courses on the different types of fire extinguishers, using the devices correctly and possible areas for storage.
On Thursday morning, the students finally got the opportunity to use a fire extinguisher on live, controlled flames.
"It was a new experience because I have never used a fire extinguisher before," Fernando said.
To set the fire, Instructor John Wray, a retired Glendale firefighter, released propane gas into a metal container and lit it with a flare.
"What would be the thing you would have to worry about if you had this as a car fire?" Wray asked students. "If the engine is still hot, more than likely the gas will react as if it were a gas leak and this thing will reignite, so you want to hit it with the fire extinguisher, step back and wait. Be ready for it to reignite again."