Fresno firefighters give the public hands-on lessons

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a firefighter, take a look at this.

On Saturday, the Fresno Fire Department held an open house and gave City Council members and the public some hands-on lessons. They included a vehicle extrication, crawling through tight spaces in full gear and learning fire patterns and behavior.

"I think the eye-opening part is seeing the fire behavior and what firefighters are going into when they go into a burning structure, and seeing the heat, the smoke, the low visibility that's happening within the structure," said Battalion Chief Javier Lara.

Fresno City Council Members Esmeralda Soria and Paul Caprioglio took part in the training, along with several members of the Fresno Fire Chief Foundation.

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