The Edmond Sun

February 6, 2013

Firefighters experience ladder rescue training

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Edmond has a growing number of multi-story businesses, and if there should ever be a need for a ladder rescue, city firefighters are more prepared.

During the past few days, four-man crews have been heading out to the Edmond Fire Department’s training facility’s multi-story tower, said Edmond Fire Maj. Joe Elam. They were given a scenario in which a firefighter battling a blaze on the second level went into cardiac arrest, Elam said.

Wednesday morning, after being briefed on the scenario, a crew consisting of Capt. Russ Locke, driver-paramedic Todd Gabbert, firefighter Tim Thurman and firefighter Brian Nipper assembled at the tower.

While two firefighters stayed below to work a rope and stabilize the ladder, the other two climbed to the second level to attend to the “victim.” Firefighters in the structure also had to take steps to keep the fire at bay. During the exercise, which lasted about 15 minutes, the crew also rehearsed knot tying.

During the briefing, Elam told the crew members that using the method a person can be rescued from a second story in about two minutes, likely in even less time than that.

Edmond Fire Maj. Bill Brown said the city is blessed to have a facility such as the training facility, where crews can come and rehearse techniques that can help save lives. It is due to the supportive citizens and taxpayers, he said. | 341-2121