Lorenzo Alexander has never been one to shy away from a challenge, and he’s always been one who likes to contribute to his community. So it shouldn’t really be a surprise that Alexander would use this time of labor uncertainty to find out exactly what firefighters go through — axes, facemasks, iconic hats, hoses, and all. FOX5′s Dave Ross has the report (and the accidental soaking of his cameraman).
It certainly appears to be the sort of thing that’ll keep a guy in shape. “You know what that’s like?” Alexander tells the Fox cameras, still sweating from being run through firefighter basic training in full gear. “It’s like a two minute drill in the fourth quarter and the offense is coming out [with] like a Peyton Manning, just running it, running it, running it.”
There’s a couple of notable differenecs, of course. “You’re trying to save somebody’s life,” Alexander says. “Got eighty pounds of gear on you. Gotta crawl, gotta climb, gotta save your own life at times.”
It’s amazing to see how firefighters train, and to understand just how grueling their work is. But for Alexander, the practical aspect of this experience is probably what he says after struggling to control the firehose: “That’s a workout right there.”
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