According to Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker, Fire Ops 101 is an international program designed to give elected officials and community leaders an opportunity to walk in the boots of a firefighter.
It also provides participants with a better understanding of staffing, training and equipment needed to do the job, he
This is the second time the program has been offered.
The first class was held several years ago, Hawbaker
Two professional firefighters were with each team at all times, Hawbaker
HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown Fire Department Chief Gary Hawbaker's voice was choked with emotion Friday as he reminded those gathered at City Hall of the Sept. 11 tragedy, heroism and the spirit of community the ceremony was meant to commemorate.
"I fear we've started to forget what today is and what it means to our country," Hawbaker
said at the City of Hagerstown
's Sept. 11 Remembrance Service.
spoke of a service that was held at The Maryland Theatre a few days after Sept. 11, 2001, at which he
saw people of all ages, races, religions and social backgrounds gathered to pray and comfort each other.
"For that hour or so, we had each other, and became one community and one nation under God," Hawbaker
In the years since, most people have gone back to being who they were before the attacks, focusing again on "personal views and agendas and how the world affects me," Hawbaker
11 is not just any day," he