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Night Drills Focus on Saving Firefighters

By Paul Matta,
Published On: Jan 31 2013 02:35:23 AM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

Shasta CountyEven firefighter may need rescuing from time to time. Wednesday night, Redding's Rapid Intervention Crew practiced drills to rescue other firefighters. Around a dozen firefighters gathered at the Old Kenworth building on Churn Creek for Wednesday night's drill. They practiced rescues using a variety of tools including: a Thermal Imaging Camera, Rope systems, Breathing Apparatuses, and Rescue Tarps.

Redding Deputy Fire Chief Gerry Gray spoke to KRCR News Channel 7 about the drills, "This isĀ  a very complex, very tricky operation. And over the past few weeks we've been providing our personnel with the training, the skills, and the knowledge necessary to get in there quickly and get their comrades out."

ISO recommends fire departments to conduct two night drills annually.