Sen. Ken Horn recently continued his 2016 Hometown Tour series by spending the day with some of Saginaw’s first responders at Station One of the Saginaw Fire Department (SFD).
Station One houses 51 full-time firefighters with 13 firefighters on duty at all times. Horn joined the crew for a morning of gear preparation, running drills, getting dressed and sliding down the pole from the loft, and other preparation needed in the event of a call.
After familiarizing himself with the various equipment on site, Horn and the team gathered in the ladder truck and departed for the training grounds. SFD has property within city limits that they use to conduct training exercises such as ladder use, practice working on pitched roofs and vehicle extractions. They also have a large tower they use to practice running hoses and bucket extractions with the ladder truck.
While at the training grounds, Horn had the opportunity to participate in several training drills with the team. They began by taking the bucket on the ladder truck — capable of reaching 100 feet — to the top of the training tower so Horn could familiarize himself with how the department runs hoses and handles fires in high-rise structures.
Once the training exercises on the tower were completed, Horn then moved to the opposite side of the property for the last leg of the tour: vehicle extractions. After breaking through some windows and clearing glass, the senator was able to cut through some hinges and panels with the Jaws of Life, and even had the opportunity to completely remove a car door.
Since taking office in the Senate, Horn has toured the 32nd Senate District performing various jobs and experiencing a diverse variety of culture throughout mid-Michigan communities.