Cincinnati Elected Leaders Experience Day in the Life of a Fire Fighter
Media Coverage from July 12 Cincinnati Fire Ops:
“City and county leaders stepped into the boots of local firefighters Saturday to get an up-close view of what its like to do their jobs.” – Casey Weldon, WCPO-TV (ABC)
“I pretended to be a firefighter today for six hours, only six hours, and my body aches all over. I smell like a sweaty ashtray.” – “My Morning as a Firefighter,” Marais Jacon-Duffy, Cincinnati Enquirer
An Effective Tool for Educating Decision Makers
More than a decade ago, the IAFF developed the Fire Ops 101 program to provide a tool for affiliates to use to educate and build relationships with elected officials and other decision-makers, as well as the media. Participants leave with a better understanding of why fire fighters and emergency medical personnel need the staffing, equipment, training and other resources to do the job.
Mayors, city councilors, members of the media and appointed and elected leaders suit up in turnout gear and “feel the heat” fire fighters face every day. There is no better way for public officials to learn first-hand the challenges that fire fighters and paramedics face every day protecting communities across North America.
The IAFF also offers a Fire Ops 101 Train-the-Trainer (TtT) to provide affiliate leaders with the tools and hands-on training needed to host their own Fire Ops event. This TtT is available as a pre-conference event at the Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS) which is held annually in January.
For more information about planning a Fire Ops 101, start here: http://www.iaff.org/et/fireops101/