San Diego city officials and media played fire fighters for a day Saturday, August 21, and got a hands-on feel for what first responders go through every day. This Fire Ops demonstration took place on the grounds of the San Diego Fire Department Training Academy and was hosted by San Diego City Local 145. Some 20 city officials and members of the press donned personal protective equipment and engaged in several simulated emergency scenarios, including fire attack, forcible entry and search and rescue, cardiac arrest and roof ventilation. By the end of the half-day event, participants were drenched in sweat and exhausted. But all came away with a much greater appreciation of fire fighters. Time will tell if this education will make a positive impact on the decisions they make about fire fighter safety and benefits.