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Firefighters for a day

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RICHLAND, Wash.-  30 politicians and policy makers from all over the northwest got a taste of what it's like to be firefighters.

Firefighters say they hope the leaders remember the experience when they make decisions, especially concerning their department's budget.

"See first hand, how labor intensive and it's very highly technical work we do every single day.  And it's something we need support for to do our jobs to the best of our ability," says Joe Derousie of the Richland Fire Departmnent.

Participant's experienced simulated house and car fires, climbed a 7 story high ladder, and used real firefighter equipment to survive brutal heat. 

"I think it is really good for the policy makers and all of us to see what it takes to put out a fire and to run an EMS call. It really does help when making policy decisions," says Kennewick City Manager Marie Mosley.