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Local stakeholders spend a day in the life of a firefighter

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Facing large flames and breathing through dark smoke clouds are things Evansville firefighters deal with every day, but on Saturday, local stakeholders got to see first-hand just how challenging it can be to keep the community safe.

"We see a lot of times in one day what the entire population of Evansville doesn't see in a life time," said Fire Chief, Mike Connelly.

The Evansville Professional Firefighters Local No. 357, Evansville Fire Department, and the Scott Township Fire Department hosted the Fire Ops 101 event.

"We're here to give elected officials, business leaders, civic leaders the basis for what we do. It's easy for the public to understand that a firetruck costs $800,000. They don't understand it costs $2,500 to put our protective clothing on," said Evansville Professional Firefighters President, Larry Zuber.

The other simulations were climbing the aerial, auto extraction, a full working CPR code, and the most intense one: going through the burn chamber.

Connelly told 14News, they bring in city leaders and state representatives for this event; so when they ask for funds, the officials understand why.

State representative Ryan Hatfield went through all of the simulations and said it was an eye-opening experience.

"I will take this back to the state house and tell the representatives from all over the state this is the real deal. We need to make sure that fire fighters around the state have all the equipment they need," said Hatfield.

"We need to keep the firefighters safe because if we're safe then we can go out and help the public," said Zuber.

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