By Tori Mason

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) — Warren Tech Fire Science, Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Emergency Dispatch students combined everything they’ve learned for an annual Arson Investigation.

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“We’re trying to explain to these kids how lucky they are to get this type of experience. When they get out in the real world, they might not see this for a couple years,” said Mark Campbell of Denver Fire. Campbell and investigator Rob Sprenkle led students in their investigation.

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Construction students built the structures for two full-scale burns. Campbell lit a piece of furniture inside on fire, then Fire Science students were responsible for controlling and putting out the flames.

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“Once you get inside there’s so much smoke and it’s dark. You can’t see anything you’re doing,” described Cody Colbenson, a fire science student at Warren Tech Central.

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Criminal Justice students then had to collect, preserve, and process the evidence from the crime scene. Forensic Science students analyzed fire dynamics and burn patterns, then conducted a necropsy on a pig that was placed inside the structure.

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“Pig tissue responds very similar to human’s,” explained Campbell. “I never had an opportunity to do any of this. In fact, when we started it was a two-hour class for forensics. That was it,” said Campbell

Not only do students get college credit, but aspiring firefighters like Cody get firsthand experience at first responder life.

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“To do a whole scenario with the fire truck putting out fire, it made me want to do it even more!” said Cody.

Tori Mason