Trench Collapse Rescue Training
They dig holes as part of constructing new buildings around Gainesville, but these trenches can be deadly for construction workers.Â Members of Fire RescueÂ have to beÂ prepared to pull people out in a moment's notice.Â
North Central Florida's Urban Search and Rescue Task Force spent more than seven hoursÂ in trainingÂ today.Â Firefighters practiced how to rescue victims trapped in collapsed trenches. It's critical to rescue a victim in less than six minutes, or else experts say the "brain death" process begins.Â The Task Force managed to pull the test dummy out of the trap in less than five minutes. Citizens say this makes them feel more secure, and firefighters say all the work is worth it.
"It's very labor intensive. As you can see out here today, it takes a lot of people to perform an operation like this," says Patrick Morris of the Alachua County Fire Rescue.
"G.R.U. is regularly having to dig into the ground and in doing so safely, we want to show our employees the consequences of not doing things safely," says Scott Holowasko, G.R.U. Training Coordinator.
This is the first time G.R.U. workers participated in this fire rescue training, and they plan to collaborate again on future projects.Â Thalia Hayden, WCJB TV20 News
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