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Tucson fire trains for high rise crane rescues

Tucson's fire fighters stay very busy, training on a Sunday morning for a different type of emergency
Posted: 6:06 PM, Oct 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-13 21:06:23-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson's fire fighters stay very busy, training on a Sunday morning for a different type of emergency.

"With a construction boom in downtown, we've got five of these cranes operating," Captain Jamie Sieminski, of TFD, said those cranes can reach heights of 110 feet, with one standing at 215 feet high.

If a medical emergency happened, Tucson rescue crews say this training will make them ready for it.

"So today we simulated having a crane operator a hundred feet up become incapacitated due to a medical injury," Captain Sieminski said.

At that point a technical rescue team will scale the crane and shut it down, they haul the rescue equipment up and render aid to the victim.

"Up top, the first thing that's happening is our paramedics are starting patient care and then we're putting basically two lines because that's what we, we always double our safety factor."

With their victim stabalized, fire crews start the process of lowering them to the ground in a gurney.

"We're hooking an attendant in with the victim and he is rendering patient care, making sure all of our lines are not tangled, everything is tensioned and proper."

A situation Captain Sieminski hopes doesn't happen at all, but one he says his crews will be ready for if it does.

"Doing these drills, we find out all of our mistakes. We learn from them and it makes us that much faster when we do it in real life."