July 13, 2014
Building trust and preparing for tough rescue scenarios. That was all part of a daylong training session for the Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department.
Nearly a dozen firefighters worked on tower and ropes training throughout the day.
The purpose of the training is to get them comfortable with performing tasks that happen during unusual rescues.
For instance, tying rope to climb down to rescue someone in a hole or a ditch and using a ladder without having it lean up against something.
“We're kind of working this training toward the aerial ladder, the truck we have,” says Robert Knight, Battalion Chief. “We do a lot of technical rescues with this apparatus so we are trying to brush up on those skills that we don't use a lot.”
“So it's important to maintain that training.”
Firefighters say these training exercises are also about trust, as rescue crews will have to rely on each other while performing these skills.