Gov. John Hickenlooper got an inside look into the life of a Colorado Springs first responder.

The governor visited several fire stations to learn more about new self-contained breathing apparatuses. They provide breathable air to rescue workers during hazardous conditions.

“That’s the kind of thing that doesn’t cost a lot of money, but it will save lives,” said Hickenlooper.

Fire Chief Chris Riley says meeting with the governor is a great experience for firefighters.

“It’s great having him come to our fire station and just check things out and talk to firefighters,” said Riley.

After a ceremonial ride down the fire pole, the governor headed to a different fire station for a fire truck tour.

The governor’s tour soon turned into a ride-along when an emergency call came in. He geared up and responded with firefighters to a car crash.

Police say a woman lost control of her car while turning in a parking lot near North Academy Boulevard. She hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and drove into a business. The woman was not hurt in the crash.

Hickenlooper says he’s proud of the work he witnessed on his tour.

“Our firefighters put themselves in harm’s way to protect us every day,” said Hickenlooper.