WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Walla Walla Firefighters are sharpening their skills to prepare for rescue emergencies.
Firefighters participated in a confined space rescue drill at the Walla Walla Wastewater Treatment Facility this week.
The drill scenario they worked through was as follows. A worker forgot to ventilate a confined space before entering, and was overcome by H2S gas. Then, a second worker noticed the first worker down, rushed to help, and also became unresponsive. When a supervisor discovered what had happened, they activated the 911 system, so the Walla Walla Fire Department responded with a Confined Space Rescue Team and specialized equipment.
Firefighters say these types of situations are not an everyday occurrence, but if they occur they can be deadly.
The Fire Department says a well prepared and well trained team of rescuers is essential, as well as having enough people to accomplish all of the tasks safely.