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Firefighter for a Day

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Some city officials got a chance to be a firefighter at the HAMMER Training Facility on Saturday.

Fires inside a realistic burn house got up to a thousand degrees. City officials had to push in the door to the burn house and put out the fire. Firefighters say the experience educates people on what firefighters need from their government.

Richland Battalion Chief Curt Walsh says, "Policy makers have a lot of impact on how we do our job and how many people we have so it is important for them to see what it is like in our field so that they can make educated decisions."

Officials also had to climb a 100 foot ladder to the top of a building, which Walsh says, is many times too much for some people.

The officials also had to practice cutting holes in buildings and extricating people from cars.