Rep. Cook: Fire Ops 101

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, November 13, 2015

Dear friend, 

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