A change in perspective: LS fire department offers class for business and civic leaders


Perspective is a powerful thing. Views change, Understanding of a situation adjusts. And most times, when given the opportunity to see from another perspective, conversations, debates and the ability to make decisions are improved.

With those ideals in mind, the Lee's Summit Fire Department and the Lee's Summit Firefighters Association Local 2195 teamed up to offer their fifth Fire Ops 101 class to handful of local and regional business and civic leaders. The class according to Local 2195 President Kris Presnell, is here "to offer you all a chance to see what we do and what we go through when responding to calls."

The class of 19 people were divided into five separate companies led by a member of the fire department. Each team then went through a series of training evolutions including advancing hose lines, conducting search and rescue in a smoke filled building, climbing ladders, automobile extrication, and delivering emergency medical care. 

"As our city continues to grow, it's important for us to help people understand what we do and the situations we face in our job," Presnell said. "Whenever I can, even when people bring their kids up to the station for a tour, I think it's important to pull the adults aside and show them our trucks and equipment. 'Your taxes help pay for this stuff,' I tell them. We can do a lot of good things to help people and I want you to know what we do because of the tax money you spend."

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