(Editor's note: Daily News photojournalist Allan Jung followed a recent class of firefighter recruits. He documented the men as they went through 10 weeks of often rigorous training with photos, video and stories. This three-part series continues on Monday and Tuesday with new photo galleries of the firefighter training experience. To view photo galleries and videos go to www.metrowestdailynews.com.)
"STOW - With a whoosh, the flames, an inferno really, rose above the pool of water, feeding off a layer of liquefied natural gas. The heat was immediately felt by the ring of firefighter recruits who instinctively took a few steps backward. Soon they would have to walk forward, inching closer to the undulating orange column armed with a chemical fire extinguisher, urged on by an instructor and fortified by confidence in their training.
It was day 45 of their 50-day training program and the liquefied natural gas fire was the pinnacle in a progression of sterner tests, a very literal way to turn up the heat. They had already tackled fires inside concrete buildings, searched blindly in smokey rooms for hidden victims, run up and down stairs in full gear to prepare for a job that many did not describe as a vocation. For them, being a firefighter is an aspiration from childhood that grew into a passion to serve and join the brotherhood."
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