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March 10, 2014

Preparing for the worst

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“Inside our fire building we have RIT classes that help the firefighters practice maneuvering in a smoke-filled environment and through obstacles that they might encounter in an attic space or a crawl space,” said Lori Reeves, department chair of the Health Occupations Division at Indian Hills.

Rapid Intervention Team classes involve teaching the firefighters how to rescue a fellow firefighter in distress. The participants had wax paper lining their masks to simulate what a smoke-filled room would look like. They then had to make their way through the house and various obstacles to rescue a fellow firefighter that may have been injured or trapped.

“This is just a fantastic weekend to prepare these firefighters for what’s out there,” Nordmeyer said. “Every emergency call is different, and we want to make sure they know what to do to save lives.”

 

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