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Jonesboro Fire Department runs specialized drills to be better prepared

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Jonesboro firefighters spent Wednesday morning working on specialized training scenarios.

The JFD’s Special Operations Rescue Team practiced arriving on scene with no prior knowledge of what the emergency was.

They then had to pull a victim out of a 40-feet deep, confined space to safety.

“It’s a complex problem,” Battalion Chief Marty Hamerick said. “So, you’ve got to lower your rescuers down, hook on the patient, bring them out and get them through the small hole. We’ve got to ventilate the structure. We’ve got to sample for atmospheric conditions like if it’s flammable in there or if there’s low O2, something like that, we’ve got to have a plan in plan to deal with that as well.”

Hamerick said it’s vital firefighters receive this type of training so they are prepared for anything when it happens.

“With this industry, they do this a lot,” he said. “They have a lot of confined space situations. They go in to do maintenance or whatever, out on the streets you’ve got manholes, so middle of the night we’ve got to know what’s going on. We’ve got to be able to do it.”

Hamerick said they try to run a different drill every three to four months. 

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