Community leaders get a hands-on lesson in firefighting

Posted at 8:04 PM, May 12, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-12 22:04:19-04

MAGNA – Local civic leaders got a hands-on lesson on firefighting Saturday.

Unified Fire Authority and the International Association of Firefighters hosted Fire School 101 in Magna, giving elected officials a sense of what it’s like to battle a fire.

“To give them an up close and personal look at our firefighters and our equipment,” said UFA Capt. Cliff Burningham.

Participants got to try their hand with the Jaws of Life, manning a high-powered water hose, check out the ladder truck and crawl through smoke looking for victims.

“Trying to hold on to the hose and work the fire from a few different angles was actually really neat,” said Alta Mayor Tom Pollard.

Burningham says the day also gives participants an opportunity to see the services offered by the UFA. In addition to fighting fires, crews respond to hazmat situations, medical emergencies, car accidents and wildfires.