GINA ON THE JOB: Gina catches heat as a Jeffersonville firefighter

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- These men and women work every day to keep people safe, walking into danger as everyone else runs from it. In this week's "Gina on the Job," WDRB's Gina Glaros works as a firefighter with the Jeffersonville Fire Department.

"We're going to put you on a truck, you're going to do 'trucky' work, you're going to get hot, sweaty, you're going to go into some smoky conditions and you're going to do some search and rescue, some vent searches and you're going to get trained on being a firefighter," said Jeffersonville Fire Department Sgt. Justin Ames.

Firefighters only have two minutes to get dressed. That includes putting on their air supply. The tank fits into the truck's seat and is then harnessed on to the firefighter. "Grab the handle right there and just pull yourself forward. There you go," Sgt. Ames said.

The air supply is a firefighter's lifeline in a real fire. "So, whenever you're ready to breathe, the two click in on the top. Breathe," said First Lt. Mike Terry.

Then, they get the call. "Let's go! load up," Lt. Terry said.

As part of search and rescue, firefighters went into a three-story fire. "We're going to go in and we're going to stay to the left, alright? Try to get low," Lt. Terry said.

They weren't even on the second floor yet, and it got dark and smoky fast. "Where you at? Grab my arm. You've got a chair in front of you. You see my light? Alright, come on," Lt. Terry said.

Gina knew it wasn't a real fire, and that the smoke was fog. However, you could still hear the fear in her voice.

"That's good for you to experience, because that's how easy it is to get lost," Sgt. Ames said.

Firefighters found the victim, without much help from Gina. "I'm taking him out," Lt. Terry said. "One, two, three." They hoisted him out of the window where another crew was waiting.

Just like that, it was time to go right back into the building. This time, it was for fire suppression. "When we get in there, we'll try both of those different patterns. We'll start with the 'z' and you'll bring it across the ceiling, down and sweep across to the floor and an 'o' pattern and I'll be right behind you," said firefighter Luke Coward.

The firefighters went up three stories until they found a faint glow.

For their third training mission, they boarded a ladder into a bucket and up they went. This time, they rescued the 180 pound victim from the second story. Then, tied to a bungee, Gina ventilated the rest of the building with an ax.

"I don't even know where to begin, because there were just so many things I didn't see coming at me. I couldn't see and then when you deal with 30, 40, even more pounds of equipment, makes your job even 10 times harder. You call it a brotherhood and sisterhood. Without you helping me through it, I'd still be in there," Gina said.

"This is nationwide, worldwide. We want you to succeed, because we don't want to fail and it's a family. So, you're part of the family now," Sgt. Ames said.

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