Led by Lieutenant Tom Hubert, Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley and a team of other City and State elected officials donned personal protective equipment and conducted a battery of rigorous fire fighter training exercises during a Fire Ops 101 course August 13 at the FDNY Fire Training Academy on Randall’s Island.
In a grueling series of exercises Fire Ops 101 participants underwent four drill rotations:
• High Rise – Using SCBA and attacking a third floor fire with thermal imaging, victims in room, flake line, stand pipe, position line, charge line and extinguishing a bed fire.
• Down Fire Fighter – High heat, smoke crawl in, find PASS alarm, find fire fighter and using SCBA harness to drag out downed fire fighter.
• Hose Advance/Extinguish fire – Use SCBA, stretch 1 ¾ line, on knees, push line in and extinguish with hand nozzle.
• Subway rescue – Victim prepackaged, crawl in, remove victim, distressed family and learn mass extraction.
“Even in a controlled environment I was overcome by how physically stressful and emotionally taxing this job truly is. By the end of the day, my already strong appreciation for the job had grown immensely. I felt extremely privileged to participate in this event and discover firsthand why our FDNY fire fighters are considered New York’s Bravest,” said Elizabeth.
New York public officials who participated in Fire Ops included New York City Comptroller John C. Liu, New York State Assembly member Richard Gottfried, New York City Council member Elizabeth Crowley and New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams.
Others who attended included Michael Holt of United HealthCare, Errol Louis, a reporter with NY1, Peter Haskell, a reporter with WCBS, Joan Gralla, a reporter with Reuters, and Jarrett Murphy, a reporter with New York magazine City Limits.
The Fire Ops was hosted by the IAFF, the Uniformed Fire Officers Association Local 854, the Uniformed Firefighters Association Local 94 and the Fire Department of New York.