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The Carthage Press
  • CFD practice rescue in underground

  • Carthage firefighters killed two birds with one stone in training last week.
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  • Carthage firefighters killed two birds with one stone in training last week.
    On Thursday and Friday, crews with the Carthage Fire Department practiced an emergency response to the underground at AmeriCold Logistics north of Carthage. After performing a rescue involving heavy machinery, the crews then took their annual tour of the underground.
    “We’re glad to be able to provide the space for them,” said Gary Pieschel, facility service manager for AmeriCold. “They do great work and we appreciate them.”
    For the past couple of years, Pieschel and CFD’s training officer David Myers team up to keep the firefighters familiar with the underground while practicing other emergency procedures.
    This time, when firefighters arrived on the scene, the simulated emergency was a worker was lodged underneath forklift. Using airbags, which came with the new Engine 611 a year ago, firefighters rescued the practice dummy and Carthage EMS completed the scenario by practicing their part in the rescue.
    The three sizes of air bags, which can used in a variety of situations, can lift 12 tons, 22 tons and 32 tons of weight. CFD’s Deputy Chief Roger Williams said the bags could also be stacked to provide additional rescue space.

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