Bizzarro suits up for Pittsburgh firefighting training event

Fire Ops 101 hosted by Pittsburgh Fire Fighters

PITTSBURGH, SEP. 7– Donning full firefighter gear, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) completed a one-day fire training program called Fire Ops 101, hosted by the Pittsburgh Fire Fighters.

Bizzarro and other participants were able to see and feel what it’s like to be a firefighter for a day, experiencing the heat of a live fire, conducting search and rescue missions, aerial ladder operations, and other scenarios these first responders face every day. Trainees also experienced how being a firefighter affects mental health and how firefighters cope with stress and trauma during their careers, a vital part to keeping firefighters safe on and off the job.

“Today’s training was a surreal experience and reminded me of the intense training these men and women have to go through in order to save our lives and keep our communities safe,” said Bizzarro. “I’ve been in hot buildings, helped tear down burning doors, and experienced the heights of a 50-foot ladder. I will never take for granted the type of work these first responders do in our community.”

The Pittsburgh Fire Fighters host this event to give local and state elected officials an opportunity to see what it’s like to walk in a firefighter’s boots and experience firsthand what first responders need to continue doing their jobs. It’s also a chance to advocate for legislation and grant funding so firefighters have the most up-to-date equipment and protection.

“In between training exercises, I was able to talk to these folks about what exactly we can do for them in Harrisburg to better their professions and make their jobs easier,” said Bizzarro. “I’ve completed this and other firefighter trainings throughout my legislative career, and I’ll continue to do everything I can to bring necessary resources back to them.”

Video from today’s event is available for download here.