On Sunday, Kiyana Brown and her teammates from the North Carolina Central women's basketball team successfully put out a fake fire outside a fire station in Raleigh.
"It was anxious. It was fun," said Brown, a junior at NCCU. "I never thought we would be in a fire station. "We're learning the odds and ins of the firefighter world. The day in the life of a firefighter. We got to build a fire hose and put out a fire. And we got to learn how to work together a team and communicate."
It's a once in a lifetime moment for these young women and women of color athletes to understand and appreciate the experience of first responders.
These ladies working as a group to put on firefighter's gear and respond to an emergency, just as some of the professional firefighters were rushed away to a real one.
The exercise was organized by NCCU's head women's basketball coach Trisha Stafford-Odom.