Robin Hamilton takes a look at the rigorous training our firefighters undergo to serve their communities.
Robin participated in a recent day of training with the Manassas Fire Department's training program. Her conclusion after a day of push-ups, pull-ups and pushing a 300-lb tractor trailer tire? It is no joke! As tough as all of that sounds, trainees who participate in the 6-week session also have to be able to do all of the above wearing 85 lbs of fire fighting gear.
Kevin Shafer, Master Fire Technician with the Manassas Fire Department, says this group of new hires is coming at a crucial time. In recent years, the Manassas Fire Department has been operating with a threadbare staff. This year the City of Manassas agreed to accept a federal grant allowing them to hire additional firefighters.