Citizens Become Firefighters For a Day
GAINESVILLE - Gainesville Fire Rescue took the time to train a very different group of firefighters today - some everyday citizens who wanted to experience a day in the life of a first responder.
GFR hosted their second annual Citizens Fire Academy, giving 20 adults a chance to take a walk in a fireman's boots.
Participants suited up in actual gear and had the chance to try out some real training scenarios including hooking up a hose, learning about different types of medical equipment, and opening a car with the jaws of life.
Chief Gene Prince says the citizens get "to see how heavy this equipment is, how heavy the equipment we wear to be protected in a hazardous atmosphere is, and that gives them a lot better appreciation for firefighting as a whole, and hopefully maybe we'll get a recruit or two."
Firefighters say they enjoy the opportunity to teach the community about how important first responders are in all different types of emergencies.
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