On Tuesday, Anchorage firefighter Ben Schultz did something he hasn’t done since last June when he was severely injured after falling from a 100-foot ladder during training: he put on fire gear and performed some training drills.
“Very rewarding for all the work I’ve done so far,” he said.
Schultz did the training drills at the Metropolitan Community College campus in Omaha, Nebraska. Faculty and Omaha firefighters are helping Schultz with the training.
Schultz worked on setting up a ladder, carried some firefighting equipment and used a sledgehammer. When the formal training was over for the day, firefighters let him burn some energy by smashing out the windows of an old car that’s used for mock extrications.
The firefighter has come a long way since the fall. He broke some ribs, both of his ankles and his arm.