Members of our Baytown Fire Department proudly put on their bunker gear, in a moment’s notice, in order to save lives and property. It’s only fitting that some of our city’s decision makers suit up with them.
The Fire Department, along with the Baytown Professional Firefighters Association, hosted Mayor Brandon Capetillo, Councilmembers Laura Alvarado, Mike Lester, and Jacob Powell for a recent Fire Ops 101 class. Each member suited up and went through difficult training exercises to give them a first-hand experience of how challenging a firefighter’s job can be.
Baytown Professional Firefighters Association President Dallas Webb said, “It really shows elected officials parts of the job, how difficult they can be sometimes, how hot they can be sometimes. It really helps with council understanding what we need and when we ask for things, why we’re asking for them.”
Mayor Capetillo said, “I’m really appreciative of Chief Dobson and the Baytown Professional Firefighters Association for putting this training together. It was a very valuable experience for us to not only see our firefighters in action, but to actually perform some of the exercises with them. I agree that it does give us a better perspective of what’s needed when it comes to funding.”
This wasn’t a one-time training either. The hope is to host more of these exercises, at the new Fire Training Field, in the near future.