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Latest News: Firefighters and Paramedics from the Howard County Local 2000 to Host Elected Officials at Fire Ops 101

Marriottsville, MD- The career firefighters of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) will host a program for elected and appointed officials known as Fire Ops 101. During this daylong event, attendees will experience hands-on firefighting and rescue operations under the controlled supervision of Howard County’s firefighters and paramedics. The event will take place Friday, April 26, 2019 beginning at 8:00 AM at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center located at 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive, Marriottsville, MD 21104. Members of the media are invited to attend.

“I have the utmost respect for our first responders and know first-hand what it takes to be a firefighter in this county,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “I’m excited for my colleagues to obtain this hands-on experience of the physical and mental challenges that go into serving Howard County and putting your life on the line by fighting fire and performing other rescue techniques. I want to personally thank President Rich Ruehl and the Local 2000 for planning and hosting this event.”

The workshop will demonstrate many aspects of fire and emergency medical service operations, from suiting up in the proper protective gear to putting out fires.  There will be four training scenarios to give participants the opportunity to do what firefighters and paramedics face on a daily basis. Each participant will learn how to use self-contained breathing apparatus, battle fire while given instruction on how to respond to anticipated events of fire behavior, and affecting rescue to a medical emergency involving physical and mental hurdles. 

“This event takes ‘Under-Cover Boss’ to a new level; providing the people in elected and appointed office a unique opportunity to experience what being a firefighter and paramedic is all about,” said Local 2000 President Rich Ruehl.  “We are not looking for them to become experts in the craft, but we hope they will get a sense of how demanding, both physically and mentally, technical, and training intensive our jobs are. Despite the weather, we look forward to hosting the County’s key decision makers on Friday.”

The Howard County Professional Fire Fighters Association was chartered as the 2000th Local of their parent organization – the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) – in October of 1970. More than 400 of HCDFRS personnel are members of the union with over 70 members assisting in the event. 

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