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Firefighters Learn to Rescue Firefighters

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- For a firefighter rescuing someone trapped in a fire is an important part of the job, but Kennewick Fire Training Cpt. Brian Cole says a system for rescuing firefighters had never been put in place until today.

Three firefighters from Seattle trained several Tri-Cities firefighters on how to save each other. 
The training is part of a Seattle Fire Department program called Rapid Intervention Group.

"You're much more confident to be able to go into a fire and do your job agressively when you know that there's a system and there's people trained to rescue you if something bad happens," said Cpt Brian Cole, Kennewick Fire Department.

The system is mainly focused on fires in commercial buildings. The steps for rescuing a trapped firefighter include forming a search team, inserting an air pack to their location, and getting a stretcher to help pull someone out.