FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2013
Contact: Jason Hatfield, Fire Ops 101 Coordinator
Phone: (707) 975-4764
SAN RAFAEL, CA- Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775, will host a program for elected and appointed officials and candidates, as well as members of the media, known as FIRE OPS 101 October 8, 2013 in San Rafael. This daylong program includes hands-on fire fighting and rescue operations under controlled supervision of Marin County’s professional fire fighters and paramedics. Participants will learn exactly how challenging it is to keep our communities safe.
This workshop will demonstrate many aspects of fire and emergency medical service operations, from wearing the proper protective gear to actually fighting fires. Participants will be confronted with multiple scenarios and given the opportunity to do what Marin’s fire fighters and paramedics face on a day-to-day basis. Each participant will learn how to use self-contained breathing apparatus, essential to breathing in heavy smoke, as well as other tools of the trade including thermal imaging cameras and rescue tools. Participants will also learn to battle a live fire and be given instruction on how to respond to unpredictable and dangerous events of fire behavior such as flashovers and building collapse.
FIRE OPS 101 is Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 9am to 3pm at San Rafael Fire Department Station #2, 210 3rd Street, San Rafael, CA 94901.
Media outlets are invited to register a reporter as a participant in FIRE OPS 101. However, space is limited and pre-registration is required as soon as possible by contacting Jason Hatfield at the above listed number. Media and photographers who would like to attend but will not participate in scenarios are asked to contact Local 1775 for media credentials prior to October 8, 2013.
What: Marin Professional Firefighters, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 1775 extends the opportunity to local government officials, members of the press, and other VIPs the chance to share a once in a lifetime experience.
Why: FIRE OPS 101 is designed to allow participants to experience what it’s like to work as a firefighter. Scenarios will include structural firefighting, flashover simulation, pre-hospital treatment of cardiac patients and firefighter entrapment survival training.
How: Participants will be outfitted in actual firefighting gear (helmet, pants, coat, boots, gloves, self contained breathing apparatus) and will be paired up with a professional firefighter to assist them in the teamwork needed to face the challenges presented in today’s professional fire service.
When: October 8th, 2013 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: San Rafael Fire Department
Station # 2
210 3rd Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Keynote Address: Lou Paulson, President, California Professional Firefighters.
Contact: Jason Hatfield
Fire Ops 101 Coordinator
Note: Fire Ops 101 is a GREAT Media Photo Opportunity!
FIRE OPS 101 is endorsed by the International Association of FireFighters and has successfully educated hundreds of officials in the United States and Canada about the working world of a firefighter.
900AM Keynote Address
1000AM-2:00PM Firefighting demonstrations
2:00PM Closing. BBQ Lunch.
Barbara Coler - Fairfax Town Council
Bill Shea - Marinwood CSD
Daniel Kunstler - Larkspur
David Shore - MCERA
David Weinsoff - Fairfax Town Council
Deana Dearborn - Marinwood CSD
Elizabeth Brekhaus -Town of Ross
Garrett Toy - Fairfax Town Council
Greg Brockbank - San Rafael City Council Candidate**
Izabela Perry - Marinwood CSD
Jessica Jackson - Mill Valley City Council Candidate**
Justin Kai - Marinwood CSD
Kay Coleman - San Anselmo
Kevin Haroff - Larkspur
Maribeth Bushy-Lang - San Rafael City Council Candidate**
Martin Langeveld - Southern Marin Fire Department
Randy Warren - San Rafael City Council Candidate**
Rob Braull - Ross Valley
Steve Burdo - San Anselmo
Tarey Read - Marinwood CSD
**Some Participants are Candidates for Office