Chicago's bravest: A day in the life of a Chicago firefighter - FOX 32 News Chicago

Chicago's bravest: A day in the life of a Chicago firefighter

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

They expected us to panic. They expected us to be afraid. They expected us to want to quit because they do this every day -they are the Chicago Fire Department.

And you better give them some respect.

To showcase and celebrate everything the fire department does for the city, FOX 32's Jake Hamilton joined them in action. He kicked off at the simulation training center – a $2.2 million showcase of choreographed chaos, ranging from simulation scenarios to CPR training.

And then the real work began.

After suiting up, Jake was first in line for the first task: Follow Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago up a five story ladder.

Then it was time to climb down and start again.

This time, they loading up with 40 pounds worth of equipment – less than half of what a real firefighter carries – and sending us packing five stories up.

When it comes to break time, they don’t last long. After stripping down, a quick check of vitals and a little insight from the commissioner himself, it was time to get back on the job.

This time, car extraction safety and the proper way to break open a window.

But this all paled in comparison to our final task: Charge into a smoke filled tank, assist in the extraction of bodies and finally, learn to listen to your senses.

Over come the panic. Over come the fear. Over come to desire to quit, and understand what these guys go through every day.

There’s no way to count how many buildings are still standing or lives are still being lived because of these men.

They are the Chicago Fire Department.

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