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Pella Fire and Ambulance Volunteers Train For Rescues

Posted: Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 at 6:27 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Shaylon Cochran

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The Pella Volunteer Fire Department and Pella Community Ambulance services have been working on confined spaces training for nearly a month.
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The crews assemble and volunteer their time every other Saturday for 8 hours to learn about new equipment, safety and rigging techniques, and hear expert advice on rescue operations in those confined spaces.
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Pella Fire Chief Doug Van Gorkom says that while there wasn’t a pressing need for the training, he felt it was important his staff have experience, and be certified to carry out those operations.
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Doug Polking, Director of the Pella Community Ambulance says it’s important for both staffs to take part in the training as they typically work together at rescue scenes.
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KNIA/KRLS News was invited to one of those training events, where a shaft rescue was practiced. Watch the video below to see Pella Volunteer Rescuers ‘rescue’ one of their own during a training exercise.