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ERIE, Colo. -- North Metro Fire is hosting the Fire Ops Workshop training sessions at their Erie fire center, which is designed to let civilians, elected and appointed officials and the media see how hot their work can be on these blazing 90-plus degree days.

"We just want people to realize what kind of training firefighters go through to continue serving the public," said Lt. Chris Reyes. "The participants go through four scenarios involving searching for victims in burning structures and cutting a possible victim out of a vehicle."

On hand Tuesday several lawmakers from the Colorado State House along with business and civic leaders.

"I had no idea what they go through," said State Rep. Angela Williams. "I felt the heat both inside my fire suit and from flames blazing inside the building."

They just happen to take part in this exercise on a day when a new record high temperature was set in Denver of 99 degrees.

House Speaker Mark Ferrandino also took the challenge and donned fire gear. His take was much the same. "We took this opportunity to see what they do everyday in heat such as this and to find out ways in which we can help the fire service in the state stay up on the latest technology in firefighting."

Heat, flames and more heat on lawmakers and others who want to make sure these everyday heroes have what they need to continue keeping us safe.