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Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker suited up for fire fighter training at Maryland's Fire and Rescue Institute today.
In 80-degree weather, Ulman and Baker have on fire resistant suits, oxygen tanks and facemasks. The gear weighs no less than 70 pounds, but Baker says, it's no sweat.
"It's so important to know what our firefighters go through," he says. "Especially in these hard economic times. It gives us a greater appreciation."
With a real-life fire blazing in the background, Baker and Ulman walked lock-n-step with the firefighters to put out the flames. Baker says it's important to know how the gear holds up, to help him make important budget decisions when he's back in his office.