Loebsack thanked Mitchell and Higginbotham for the tour and information.
"Local fire departments are absolutely critical," Loebsack said. "There are things we can do at the federal level." Loebsack's full comments, with Mitchell, are in the video accompanying this story.
"It's been a good meeting today," Mitchell said. "I appreciate (Loebsack's) help."
Mitchell went on to say that, in his 30 years in the fire service, this was the first time a Congressman has made the effort to speak with him and learn more about a department.