Be a Fire Fighter for a Day!

2nd Annual Netroots Nation Fire Ops 101

Free Pre-Convention Activity
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
(make travel plans accordingly)

Click here to reserve a spot


Experience what it’s like to be a first responder! This one-day fire fighting and rescue operation scheduled for June 19 is for speakers, bloggers and media representatives attending Netroots Nation 2013.

This hands-on, get down and dirty Fire Ops 101 event is a unique opportunity for participants to gain insight into what professional fire fighters and paramedics do every day and what they need to do their job and protect our communities and the nation.

Better Understand How to Respond to Attacks
on Fire Fighters and Other Public Employees

As political attacks on fire fighters heat-up, the insights learned during Fire Ops will better prepare participants to respond to outrageous statements being made by some political leaders about fire fighters, their job and service to the community.

Sponsored by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), in conjunction with San Jose Fire Fighters Local 230, the San Jose Fire Department and Netroots Nation, Fire Ops 101 puts civilians directly in the smoke and the heat.

Participants will don fire fighter protective clothing (hoods and helmets, turnout coats, pants, boots), strap-on self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and go to work, fighting actual fires, working in blackout smoke conditions, extricating victims and performing emergency medical care.

Feel the heat, the adrenaline rush and the physical stress and strain that fire fighters face when responding to an emergency.

Click here to reserve your spot at Fire Ops 101 on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, from 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Learn what fire fighters mean when they talk about how many people it takes to do their job. Feel how heavy the equipment is, understand why having the right equipment can mean the difference between life and death and why proper training is vital.

Fire Ops is conducted under the controlled supervision of San Jose professional fire fighters and paramedics.

So, while you will get a real taste of what it’s like to be a fire fighter and respond to fires and medical emergencies and be a fire fighter, your life will not be in danger.

Reserve your spot today!

For more information, contact Jane Blume, IAFF Director of Communications, at (202) 824-1587 or