Dennis loney is the website editor at the National AFL-CIO.

San Jose FireOps Course Highlights Demands of Job, Dangers of Sequestration

 invited elected officials and attendees of Netroots Nation, a conference for progressives and activists, to take part in a basic firefighting class at its training facility in San Jose, Calif. Participants climbed ladders, operated fire hoses and Jaws of Life, performed CPR and navigated through a warren of dark, tight corridors—all while wearing full firefighting gear.