Idaho officials suit up for fire training

Posted at 6:44 PM, May 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-21 00:16:42-04

We're all used to seeing firefighters rush into burning buildings, but what about Idaho's top officials? On Saturday sixteen elected officials switched out their desks for a burning building to learn what firefighters in the Gem State deal with on a daily basis. The full day workshop lets them try everything from batting live fire to extracting someone from a wrecked car. It was done in a controlled environment with supervision from firefighters. Lieutenant Governor Brad Little was one of the volunteers.

"It was pitch black in there and the heat was about 500 degrees and it was scary," said Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little. 

Organizers hope the experience will encourage officials to make more informed decision when they deal with firefighting issues.