Strickland’s commitment to public service goes beyond just politics, electing to participate in an introductory firefighter’s course. “I went through what they call Fire Ops. It’s a day of training for firefighters, and hte fire union gave that to me for going through the program.” The Fire Ops 101 program has gained national traction, and gives the opportunity for local and community leaders in various cities to experience a day in the life of a firefighter.