Sen. Joe Fain, who represents Kent, attended Fire Ops 101, a training simulation designed to mirror a day in the life of a firefighter.
The two-day event last week including search and rescue drills and the chance to combat live flames in a burning building.
The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters and Washington Fire Chiefs sponsored the event, which took place at the Volpentest Hammer Training and Education Center in Richland.
"I have always had a great deal of respect and admiration for the dangerous situations that our firefighters and emergency personnel face, and after seeing just a small fraction of what they do on a daily basis I am even more impressed and thankful for the men and women who serve our community," Fain said. "The course provided a realistic look at the physical and mental demands of the job. It was a clear reminder that lawmakers must do our part to support the safety and well-being of the individuals who risk their lives to protect us every day."
Fire Ops 101, a program developed by the International Association of Fire Fighters, pairs local leaders and elected officials with firefighters from their community. Fain was shadowed by Sean Allen, a five-year veteran IAFF Local 1747 firefighter in Kent.
"It was a pleasure to have an opportunity to learn from and speak with Sean and I gained some valuable perspective and insight into the firefighting profession," Fain said. "I left Richland impressed with his knowledge and am comforted to know that our local firefighters, like Sean, are a highly dedicated and talented crew."