A Day in the Life of a Firefighter? - State's Elected Officials will Live It

Friday, May 7, 2010 - 3:47am

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and State Senator Jim Sullivan will join firefighters in kicking off a unique training opportunity next week, Wednesday, May 12.

Governor Doyle will sign two fire service-related bills into law that morning. One is the Presumptive Infectious Disease Legislation and the other pertains to health care premiums. The new legislation is a good fit leading into the day's activities for Fire Ops 101, an inside look at the fire service.

Fire Ops 101 is a structured event that allows participants to don fire gear and engage in live firefighting and EMS scenarios. Local leaders Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and County Executive Kathleen FAlk are scheduled to attend.

Fire Fighters Local 311, in association with the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin (PFFW) is hosting the event, with sponsor support from Paul Davis Restoration.

It will be held at the Department's Fire Safety & Education Center, 1750 Pearson St., on the Madison Area Technical College Truax Campus, Madison, Wisconsin, Wednesday, May 12, 2010 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The program has been wildly successful across the country. For elected officials, it's a day to learn more about what the fire service requires for success. As more communities struggle with questions on how best to provide for public safety, Fire Ops 101 offers solid information on fire ground strategies, incident command, training and equipment needs.

There is no better first-hand experience than wearing turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatus, and experiencing the fire ground as a firefighter does.

  • Lori Wirth, (608) 266-5947