Bizzarro learns to fight the blaze at Allegheny County Fire Academy

ERIE, Sept. 4 – As a member of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, recently took part in course and field exercises at the committee’s tour of the Allegheny County Fire Academy.

The academy tour involved Bizzarro running into burning buildings, climbing ladders and putting out fires. The Erie legislator said he has a whole new appreciation for Pennsylvania’s hardworking volunteer and paid firefighters.

“Today, we’re getting hands-on experience of what they have to go through every single day,” Bizzarro said. “I had the privilege of suiting up in full fire-fighting gear and practicing many of the procedures and tactics that firefighters use to respond to fires and emergencies throughout the state. It was challenging and exhilarating and helped me gain a whole new level of gratitude for those who are constantly on call.”

The Allegheny County Fire Academy offers fire, rescue, hazardous materials and terrorism training to emergency service personnel and private industry emergency response teams.

Bizzarro and the committee discussed what legislators can do at the state and federal levels to improve public safety efforts and ensure firefighters have the resources needed to respond to emergent situations.

“I’ve always been a strong advocate for the women and men who fulfill the calling to run into these most dangerous situations,” Bizzarro said. “I will continue to fight for them as fervently as they fight fires for the safety of others.”