Does Your Mayor Have What It Takes to be a Firefighter?

Indianapolis – More than a dozen U.S. mayors, including Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, are about to feel the burn. These brave and dedicated city leaders will don firefighting turnout gear (weighing up to 60 pounds) and participate in FireOps 101 (#IAFFMayorsFireOps), a series of intense and authentic firefighting and rescue drills.

“Firefighters are the first people we call when we smell smoke or see flames. We rely on them to save our homes and loved ones, while they put their own lives at risk. We want to give these mayors a glimpse of what it takes to do the job by making them a fire fighter for a day,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger.

The half-day program, planned in conjunction with the 84th Annual Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis, is hosted by the Indianapolis Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 416 and the Professional Fire Fighters Union of Indiana.

Reporters covering politics or public safety and broadcast journalists looking for a compelling video segment are also encouraged to attend FireOps 101. Journalists are invited to participate or observe and cover the event. For more information contact Tim Burn, IAFF Press Secretary, at (202) 230-7167 or A list of mayors participating follows below:

MAYOR                                        CITY

Marni Sawicki

Cape Coral, FL

Mark Stodola

Little Rock, AK

William Capote

Palm Bay, FL

Jeff Longwell

Wichita, KS

Joe Hogsett

Indianapolis, IN

Shon Byrum

Winchester, IN

Frank Cownie

Des Moines, IA

Timothy McDonough

Hope, NJ

Karen Freeman-Wilson

Gary, IN

Rich Veenstra

Addison IL

Joseph Broda

Lisle, IL

John Hamilton

Bloomington, IN

Megan Barry

Nashville, TN

Jackie Biskupski

Salt Lake City, UT

Dan Holliday

Oregon City, OR

Lori DeRemer

Happy Valley, OR

Steve Chio

Irvine, CA

Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles, CA

Setti Warren

Newton, MA


Karen Alexander

Salisbury, NC



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