The DC Fire Department hosted FIRE OPS 101 Saturday

About forty folks signed up to feel the heat - literally.

At this year's Fire Ops 101 in Southwest DC, participants suited up and put their best foot forward as they tackled this controlled burning building.

Make no mistake - these are not firefighters but they are people who want to learn more about the challenges to keep our communities safe.

FOX 5s Tisha Lewis was there and has the story.