One of the exercises was to you spreaders (jaws of life) and cutters to get into a car to rescue a victim:
The following pictures shows fire fighters removing a roof after cutting off all the supports:
Then we watched a simulated car fire being extinguished and had our chance to handle the hose:
We also had an opportunity to go up in a bucket at the end of a ladder:
All in all an informative day and useful research for a mystery writer.