Teamwork training

Whenever the Fire Department gets an emergency call, they have to be prepared for anything. The call may be a false alarm or a minor fire or traffic accident. Sometimes an accident can involve multiple vehicles and major injuries. This type of situation is when firefighters’ hands-on training come in to practice. Last week Athens, Nelsonville, Rome, and Portsmouth Fire Departments got together for an extensive training session using hydraulic rescue tools to rescue crash victims entrapped in their vehicles. They used cutters, spreaders, and reciprocating saws to remove doors, roofs, and anything that might entrap a victim. Instructors from Genesis Rescue System noted that many newer cars use much stronger steel in door frames and roofs. Athens F.D. has the latest equipment which is more powerful, lighter weight, and completely portable. Area firefighters go to many difficult emergency situations every day. Training strengthens their ability to handle each emergency.

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