PASCO, Wash. - Firefighting is a dangerous job and some of them die rushing to save others' lives. But what happens when firefighters themselves are in danger?
Wednesday afternoon firefighters and volunteers from the Tri-City area participated in a unique rescue training. The goal is to teach or remind them how to rescue each other in case of an accident. The training captain says since firefighting is such a dangerous job it's very important to stay prepared and what makes this training different is it focuses on rescuing the rescuer.
"If they are in a collapsed situation and perhaps there mask gets damaged or gets knocked off their face, then timing is very critical to get in there and get them located, get a fresh breathing air supply on them and then protect their position to figure out how we are going to rescue them," said Jeff Ripley, training Captain from Benton County Fire District 1.
This is the second year of training. Last year, firefighters trained in the old Payless building in Richland. Over 300 firefighters are expected to take part in the training.