Sen. Fain, Algona Mayor Hill attend firefighter and emergency response training simulation

Sen. Joe Fain, left, and Algona Mayor Dave Hill participated in Fire Ops 101. - Courtesy photo
Sen. Joe Fain, left, and Algona Mayor Dave Hill participated in Fire Ops 101.
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Sen. Joe Fain of Auburn and Algona Mayor Dave Hill recently attended Fire Ops 101, a training simulation designed to mirror a day in the life of a firefighter.

The two-day event last week including search and rescue drills and the chance to combat live flames in a burning building.

The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters and Washington Fire Chiefs sponsored the event, which took place at the Volpentest Hammer Training and Education Center in Richland.

"I have always had a great deal of respect and admiration for the dangerous situations that our firefighters and emergency personnel face, and after seeing just a small fraction of what they do on a daily basis I am even more impressed and thankful for the men and women who serve our community," Fain said. "The course provided a realistic look at the physical and mental demands of the job. It was a clear reminder that lawmakers must do our part to support the safety and well-being of the individuals who risk their lives to protect us every day."

Fire Ops 101, a program developed by the International Association of Fire Fighters, pairs local leaders and elected officials with firefighters from their community. Fain was shadowed by Sean Allen, a five-year veteran IAFF Local 1747 firefighter in Kent, who grew up in Auburn.

"It was a pleasure to have an opportunity to learn from and speak with Sean and I gained some valuable perspective and insight into the firefighting profession," Fain said. "I left Richland impressed with his knowledge and am comforted to know that our local firefighters, like Sean, are a highly dedicated and talented crew."

Hill was shadowed by Mike White, a firefighter from IAFF Local 1352, which serves the cities of Auburn, Algona and Pacific.

"It's comforting to know that this once-in-a-lifetime experience for me is something our first responders are expertly prepared to face on a daily basis," Hill said. "I was happy to see our South King County leaders were involved as well. It's promising to know that everything we learned at the event will benefit all types of policymakers, locally to statewide, so we can work together to best support public safety."

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