Fire Ops 101

Firefighters Local 1230 recently hosted our first ever Fire Ops 101 event this past October. Our members and the seven fire departments we represent have been hard at work for the past six months in preparation for this educational event.

We had a series of five events that our participants went through, each one a taste of what we do as firefighters. The events included an interior live fire burn, a search and rescue evolution with live victims, an emergency medical scenario demonstrating the value of paramedic services and a demonstration from our fire investigators. We even had a car accident scenario in which our participants cut live victims out of a crashed car with our disentanglement tools.

“Ops 101 provides a great opportunity for public officials to gain a better understanding of the operational challenges inherent to firefighting. This program will enable policy makers to make more informed decisions concerning staffing levels, equipment replacement needs and other overall fire protection strategies.”

– Moraga-Orinda Fire District Fire Chief

Randy Bradley