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Posted: July 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Alex Ivanoff, 8, cranes his neck as he gets a close-up look of the equipment in the cab of a water-pumping ladder truck.

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Lights flashed and warning sounds whined as firefighter Brian Noss ascended a white aerial ladder on the fire truck parked outside SCV Tutors CARE Learning Academy on Thursday.

“Get the handballs off the roof,” shouted Isaiah Anschultz, 6, as Noss answered the call, demonstrating for the students one of the more practical advantages of having a 75-foot ladder on the back of your rig.

Noss’ yellow helmet emerged moments later, his arms packed with handballs and soccer balls to be returned to the group of children eagerly anticipating the missing equipment.

As soon as Los Angeles County Fire Station 104’s 60-foot-long truck, also known as a “quint,” pulled up to the academy, the students — ranging in age from 5 to 13 — swarmed and marveled at some of the truck’s other features while the firefighters answered questions.

Joshua Williams, 13, enjoyed the controlling the power of the fire hose, surprised by his ability to control the powerful jet of water.

The demonstration was part of Hero Week at SCV Tutors CARE Learning Academy, a Saugus tutoring center that recently added the academic summer camp to its programming.

For Hero Week, campers learned about local people who serve the community, as well as the military. In addition to learning about firefighting, the students visited a war memorial in Newhall and shared stories about their own military heroes.

Said Trinity Farag, age 7: “I learned about the heroes that were in the war and the heroes that saved people from dangers.”

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