Rhinelander Fire Departments Dives into the Trenchers for Training

  • Source: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau
  • Published: 09/13/2016 04:41 PM

VIDEO: Firefighters typically don't dive in and out of trenches often. Rhinelander's Fire Department wanted to make sure they can rescue anyone in that type of situation. The department has never had to save someone from a trench, but this two day training helps the squad feel prepared. "It's kind of invigorating, it's a good work out and we always have a couple of laughs during training so that helps a lot," said firefighter paramedic, Andrea Boos. Boos has been a firefighter with the department for three months. The fire department trained on a high risk, low frequency event. It also practiced quick rescue techniques with first respondents. "I try to challenge the Rhinelander Fire Department, they're very efficient and competent in what they do," said Nicolet College fire service instructor, Jim Nelson. "And trying to make it realistic we have to sometimes push it to the envelop a little bit so that they have a challenge and can get something out of it." Time is important when it comes to trench rescues. During training the fire department was able to complete the rescue techniques in ten minutes. "We have a well-trained department, so it does make us feel proud to be a part of this," said Assistant fire chief Tom Waydick. The fire department does an in depth training every three years. Depending on the situation including environment, and size of the trench, it can take between five and sixteen people to complete a rescues.


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