NASCAR driver learns skills it takes to be a firefighter

NASCAR driver learns skills it takes to be a firefighter

Pictured at Miami Dade Fire Rescue Headquarters training facility on Sept. 11, are (l-r) Homestead-Miami Speedway president Matthew Becherer; NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, and Miami Dade Fire Rescue Fire Chief David Downey.

NASCAR Chase For The Sprint Cup qualifier Carl Edwards visited Miami- Dade Fire Rescue Headquarters as well as Fire Rescue Station 43 on Sept. 11.

Edwards’ visit is part of NASCAR’s Chase Across America in advance of the start of the Chase For The Sprint Cup, which culminates Nov. 17 with the championship- crowning Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The 2008 and 2010 Homestead-Miami Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner and 2011 championship series runnerup spent the morning at the Miami- Dade Fire Rescue Headquarters in Doral where he participated in various fire training activities such as putting out a house fire, extinguishing an automobile fire, and using the Jaws of Life for a car extrication.

He then traveled to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Station 43, 13390 SW 152 St., where he enjoyed lunch with the firefighters, participating in a question-and-answer session with the personnel, which included Assistant Fire Chief Fernando Fernandez.

Incidentally, the firefighters were called to a house fire immediately in the area after eating lunch with Edwards, proving that anything can happen at any time for these first responders.

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