Fire department expands skills, giving community what they need

(Source: Paragould Fire Department)
(Source: Paragould Fire Department)
(Source: Paragould Fire Department)
(Source: Paragould Fire Department)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Recently, a Greene County group expanded their skills by attending advanced rope training.

Knowing that there is both agriculture and industry in Paragould, the Paragould Fire Department knows emergencies requiring rescue are always possible.

The department's rescue squad attended two training courses that Assistant Fire Chief Kyle Jackson said is crucial.

"We did the rope tech one and two class through the state fire academy," Jackson said. "These classes build upon the first level, which is more advanced techniques. Everything is kind of becoming a high-risk, low-frequency event that makes the training that much more critical because they aren't getting the day-to-day experience."

Jackson said they hammered in on rope training, in which ropes are required for confined space rescues.

"For industry in town, helping with outside agencies provide rescue services, a lot of that requires rope to be involved for those systems," he said. "Like confined space rescue, like Anchor Packaging, and some of the other places, like Public Utility have confined spaces."

The rescue squad practiced in a grain bin, the city's water tower, and an area of water.

"We have our tower truck and it gets the height we need to get above the grain bin, drop down into the grain bin, and pull the person out," Jackson said. "That way you wouldn't have to cut a hole in the grain bin and dump out all the grain, so it would make it a more efficient rescue and probably a quicker rescue."

Jackson said in this day and age, they must participate in these training courses to keep sharp to be able to provide the community with service they need.

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