With Project K, we were given the opportunity to participate in 2 fire and safety training sessions. The training sessions involved us learning how to access fire hydrants, use the hydrants, stretchers, harnesses, fire fighting gear and we were even put into a specially engineered shipping containers to test ourselves in a live fire situation. Those containers are known as RFTB (or Realistic Fire Training Building!) and they provide a safe training area which acts as a real-life situation.
With Rochelle being a volunteer fire fighter, we had an extra helping hand and Rochelle correctly taught us some of the procedures and how to use a lot of the equipment.
On a few occasions, Rochelle and I went out for lunch during my school lunchtime and got a mean feed of chicken and chips 😉
Our lunchtime feeds consisted of lengthy conversations regarding shared interests such as website design, and technology. I learnt a lot from Rochelle during these talks, especially within the web design arena. We shared many laughs and exchanged a lot of knowledge between us. In fact, it was during one of these lunchtimes that we decided to make this webpage!
Rochelle and I decided to take part in the 2015 Peak Trail Blazer as a personal challenge rather than a competitive race. Our individual training consisted of the occasional walks and runs to the local store and that was about it.
We opted for the largest challenge available on the day – a 12.8km run up Te Mata peak which we both completed in reasonable times considering our lack of training. We were both very proud to complete the course and I hope to attempt to beat my time in the 2016 Peak Trail Blazer.