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Firefighters Brush Up on Skills to Rescue a Person from a Manhole

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Firefighters brushed up their skills Wednesday for rescuing a person from a manhole. Firefighters brushed up their skills Wednesday for rescuing a person from a manhole.

KENNEWICK, WA - Firefighters brushed up their skills Wednesday for rescuing a person from a manhole.

It's a rare scenario, but the rescue drill includes ventilating the 30 foot shaft with oxygen and monitoring it for harmful gases. Then a harnessed firefighter lowers into the shaft to save a dummy named "Rescue Randy."

The simulation helps firefighters prepare to save an unresponsive person at the bottom of the manhole.

"It's what we call low frequency, high risk. Those are the scenarios that get firefighters hurt the most often and that's why we train on them," said Capt. Tim Harkins of the Kennewick Fire Department.

Harkins says the rescue team practices the manhole drill three times a year.

The technical rescue team includes firefighters from each of the Tri-Cities and Benton and Franklin Counties.

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