Officials and media get a lesson in fighting fires

Local officials and media get a lesson in firefighting (WDTN Photo/Matt Behrens)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Local officials and media personnel got a lesson in firefighting Saturday.

Katie Ussin takes part in firefighting training (WDTN Photo/Matt Behrens)
Katie Ussin takes part in firefighting training (WDTN Photo/Matt Behrens)

The event was put on by the Dayton Firefighters Union. The training session gave prominent people in the community an opportunity to experience what firefighters do on a daily basis.

2 NEWS anchor Katie Ussin took part in the lesson Saturday at the firefighting training center on McFadden Avenue.

Her morning began with some classroom instruction followed by some hands-on training. Among the tasks, she was challenged with putting out a fire and climbing a fire ladder.

The purpose of the event was to teach people what it takes to keep the community safe.

Local officials and media get a lesson in firefighting (WDTN Photo/Matt Behrens)
Local officials and media get a lesson in firefighting (WDTN Photo/Matt Behrens)

“I guess there is a misconception as to what we’re actually doing on the fire scene and what our purpose is there,” said Dayton firefighter Eric Sylwestrak. “Sometimes it’s that they think we’re just there to put the fire out, but we do so much more than fire fighting. We do auto accidents. We do emergency medical services to provide a safety net for our entire community. We’re there to protect our community, and that’s our intent.

Several city commissioners and elected officials were among those also taking part in Saturday’s training.

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