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April 19, 2010

Lawmakers experience firefighter training

— OKLAHOMA CITY – State Reps. Mike Sanders and Joe Dorman today received a first-hand taste of the rigorous training Oklahoma firefighters undergo to protect state citizens.

The bipartisan duo toured the OSU Fire Training Facility in Stillwater today and then participated in a “live burn” training exercise.

“As a state legislator who fights for greater firefighter funding at the Capitol, I felt it was important to personally experience the challenges of their educational process,” said Sanders, R-Kingfisher. “If the men and women who do this work are willing to put their lives on the line for us, the least I could do is share in some of their training experiences.”

“I have always had great respect for Oklahoma firefighters, but I have to say I am even more impressed after today’s training,” said Dorman, D-Rush Springs. “Even dealing with fire under a carefully controlled setting is pretty intense, and it really made me appreciate the courage of these men and women.”

The state lawmakers toured the OSU Fire Training Facility in Stillwater today before participating in the training exercise.

The training involved an interior fire demonstration where the lawmakers – wearing the roughly 45 pounds of equipment and gear typically worn by firefighters – received instruction on how to assess the situation and apply water.

 to douse the flame.

"It’s one thing to talk about fighting fire in the abstract, and another to view it up close,” said Sanders. “This was a great opportunity to gain insight into the daily lives of firefighters.”

“Oklahoma firefighters are one of our greatest public safety assets in Oklahoma,” Dorman said. “They deserve all the honor and respect we can give them – and then some.”

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