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Fire & Rescue Team Receives Specialized Training

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

It's a specialized type of rescue training and officials with one eastern Kentucky fire department say they are one of the few to have it in Kentucky.

WYMT's Peter O'Connor talked to some of the firefighters from the Pikeville Fire Department about the training.

For about two years now, Pikeville Fire and Rescue Officials say they've been learning how to save lives in the most extreme situation, 12 feet underground.

Fire officials wrapped up a 3-day trench training session with one thing in mind, to learn the best way save a life while keeping safe at the same time.

Before any rescue attempt can be made the fire officials say it is important to secure the environment.

To them do that, wood siding is used.

“It makes a safe environment and it eliminates the possibility of a further cave-in to one of our rescuers who may get trapped or buried or do any further injury to the victim that is already in the hole,” Robert Lindsey said.

Lindsey says anything can happen in the trenches and because of that, safety is their number one concern.

The firefighters in Pikeville say they are one of the few departments in the state that have this kind of training.


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