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Local city leaders learn firefighting and rescue operations
FORT WALTON -- Some Fort Walton Beach city leaders spent the day learning what it takes to fight fires and rescue people from crumbled cars. Today, the Fort Walton Beach Fire Department held its first ever fire ops class. They invited council members to see first-hand the challenges they face on a daily basis. One of them, using the jaws of life to rescue people from serious accidents.
Firefighters also showed the group how to pull hose lines, search smoke-filled buildings for trapped victims and give medical treatment.
"The EMT, paramedic training they go through, everyone just thinks they fight fires but there's so many other things involved and I really got a much, much better appreciation for the things they do."
You can meet the Fort Walton Beach firefighters and get a tour of the fire station tomorrow. The open house will be from ten until two. There'll be a free lunch, children's activities and a car extrication demo.