Thanks for Keeping Us Safe

by
Senator Ross Romero
Senator Gene Davis
Senator Fred Fife

Last Saturday, March 29, Senators Romero, Fife, and Davis enrolled in Fire Ops 101, a genuine firefighter’s training experience for elected officials sponsored by the Salt Lake City Fire Department and the International Association of Firefighters. Fire Ops 101 was an example of the training that firefighters go through to prepare themselves for their strenuous and demanding profession.

Each senator donned a firefighting uniform, complete with gear, helmet, and boots and participated in hands on emergency situations. They climbed ladders carrying hoses and put out real fires in buildings, extinguished real car fires, extricated trapped victims in cars, and entered smoke-filled rooms wearing breathing equipment.

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Senator Romero using cutting tools.

 

 

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“It’s truly admirable to understand what firefighters have to do and the pressures they’re under and the effort they take to make sure we’re safe,” said Senator Ross Romero.

Senator Fred Fife said, “The stress from constant readiness on the job to meet the dangers of every call is a burden every firefighter must bear. That was demonstrated in the exercises. We learned that the work of firefighters requires teamwork and comradery. They displayed that for us. I learned much from Fire Ops 101, and it was a great experience for me.”

You can read reports and watch video of Fire Ops 101 at ksl.com, abc4.com, kutv.com, and The Salt Lake Tribune.

We express our sincere appreciation to our city’s firefighters for their commitment and bravery in performing the duties of their jobs.

Issues of Utah’s Seniors

by Senator Fred Fife
District One

Senator Fred Fife IIIFor many Utahns becoming a senior is an enjoyable, rewarding time of life. For others it is not. Some seniors struggle to meet their basic needs: food, shelter, health care, and the necessities for combating isolation. There was a report recently that Utah Food Bank delivered 300 food boxes to needy seniors as part of recognizing Martin Luther King Day. Many others were not so lucky.

Affordable housing is a major issue for seniors forced to relocate. Rents and housing costs have escalated far beyond increases in Social Security benefits. When a mobile home park is converted for commercial or condominium development, a senior mobile homeowner is faced with $20,000 to $25,000 in moving costs, if they can find a new location for it. Many cannot afford to keep their homes.

Seniors are the fastest growing segment of our society and are in more need of health care than any other segment of society. Affordable health care is out of reach for many seniors, resulting in complications and isolation. These seniors become disabled because of old age.

Native Americans look at life and living as coming full circle. They recognize that infants are fully dependent on others, and so, too, are elders. Our society needs to ensure that our seniors are provided with the basics of food, shelter, health care, and the necessities for combating isolation.

We, this 57th Legislature have the opportunity to play a major role in this effort.