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SPECIAL COVERAGE: Living With Wildfires: San Diego Firestorm 10 Years Later

Teens Train To Be Firefighters In Chula Vista

More than 170 teens and young adults from throughout California will gather in Chula Vista today to learn what it takes to be a firefighter.

The annual California Fire Exploring Academy, which is hosted by the Chula Vista Fire Department, runs through Saturday, according to event spokesman Charles Kuniyoshi.

At 5 a.m., participants ages 16-21 will gather at Hilltop High School for morning line up, uniform inspections and breakfast before they set out for various training events designed to give them a realistic view of what it's like to be a firefighter.

Training event topics range from how to fight live fire to how to free someone who is trapped in a wrecked vehicle.

The cost for the academy is $300 per explorer and includes training and food and lodging, according to the CFEA's website.

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