Firefighter for a Day

FRESNO, Calif. - It's not a job for everyone, imagine entering a burning building to save someone's life. That's what firefighters do, without hesitating.

Saturday, dozens of people including community leaders had the chance to be a part of the Fresno Fire Department's annual event, "Firefighter for the day".

"It was fantastic," Wilma Quan-Schecter, City of Fresno, manager, said.

It's not a typical Saturday for city officials and community members.

"It's great to be out here to support the department and to see the hard work that our firefighters do each and everyday to save our city," Quan-Schecter said.

From entering a burning building, to using the jaws of life, Quan-Schecter was part of three groups of 10 who had the chance to experience what it takes to be a firefighter for a day with the Fresno Fire Department.

"They get to be a firefighter for a day, put on all the gear, fight fire, open up a car, it's really a great experience," Kerri Donis, Chief of Fresno Fire Department, said.

It's what most little kids want to be when they grow up. Donis said it's a rewarding but tough job and a lot of physical strength goes into it.

"We think this is the best career in the world, so it's great to have other folks really come and experience what this is like, the equipment is 40 to 50 pounds, and imagine, I mean this is a great day but imagine doing that in a 110," Donis said.

And the firefighter gear is what participants, like the city manager, say was the most challenging.

"I think the equipment felt heavier than the 40 to 50 pounds, I felt like I had to work out before I even did an event, so the work they do is hard work each and everyday," Quan-Schecter said.

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