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Community Leaders Try Firefighting for a Day

Updated: 04/26/2014 10:41 PM
Created: 04/26/2014 9:01 PM WDIO.com

Duluth firefighters gave the public a chance to find out what it takes to be on the squad.

Community and business leaders, public officials and media representatives went through a hands-on fire training on Saturday. Duluth Firefighters Union Local 101 President Pete Johnson said it's a good way to show them what firefighters really do, from rescues to lift assists to, of course, fighting fires.

"Myself, I'm a hands-on learner," Johnson said. "And it's just really a different perspective to see them go into a live burn and see the smoke and feel the heat. It really gives them a whole different perspective on what we do as firefighters."

Johnson said while firefighting used to be primarily dealing with flames, now they cover a wide range of emergencies, from medical to hazardous materials.

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