Firefighters Sharpen Skills In Somerset

Public safety officials say firefighters need training to protect themselves while they're trying to save others.

That was the point behind an exercise in Somerset Saturday. Dozens of firefighters sharpened their skills in a driving simulator, went down ladders head first, and practiced rescues from underneath tractors.

"In the year 2004, we had 23 fatalities. By teaching farms to work with farmers and rescuers, with the ultimate goal of preventing accidents and then when you do have one, knowing how to do it, we cut the death rate less than half," said Dale Dobson with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Firefighters from 30 Kentucky counties took part in the training.

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