Firefighters are a vital part of our community; but many people do not realize how much hard work they put into their jobs.
At the end of October, I participated in Fire Ops 101: living a day in the life of a firefighter. I traveled to the training center in Noblesville where I was able to get a taste of what a firefighter does every day on the job.
Wearing heavy protective gear, the other participants and I were instructed how to forcibly enter a building, rescue an entrapped car accident victim, perform defibrillation on a cardiac patient and much more.
We participated in many drill exercises that allowed us to experience the heat felt by a firefighter inside a burning building despite their heavy thermal layering suits, as well as the decreased visibility conditions.
We also responded to simulated vehicle accidents, operating as a fire crew in a coordinated effort to extricate victims.
It was amazing to undergo just some of the daily challenges firefighters face, and I’m so glad I participated in this one-of-a-kind opportunity. I came away with total admiration for what they do and why they need our utmost support.
To learn more about this unique event, click here.
State Rep. Tony Cook