Arlington mayor, council members act as firefighters for a day

Posted Monday, May. 27, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck and three City Council members swapped their business suits for firefighter gear as part of a daylong training experience this month.

The Arlington Professional Firefighters and Arlington Fire Department administrators organized the first-ever Fire Ops 101 event May 18 at the fire training center to help elected officials learn about the services firefighters provide throughout the community.

Acting as firefighters for a day, Cluck and Councilmen Robert Rivera, Jimmy Bennett and Robert Shepard wore 75 pounds of fire gear and helped extinguish a mock structure fire, used power equipment to cut the doors and roof off vehicles containing trapped patients and provided medical assistance to a cardiac arrest victim.

“Going into a burning building and putting out the fire was thrilling and also at the same time scary because you realize how dangerous situations like that can be,” said Bennett, adding that he respects Arlington firefighters and the great work they do. “It always needs to be a priority of the city to support the Fire Department.”

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