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Firefighters practice high-angle rescue

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –A team of south Georgia firefighters trained on a difficult type of rescue Thursday. It's something they've had to put into practice in a real emergency.

The Georgia Search and Rescue (GSAR) team is made up of firefighters from across our region. On Thursday, they lowered and raised one of their own alongside this training structure.

The team used this technique, called a high angle rescue, back in December to save three workers trapped inside a water tank in Homerville.

"We're trainned in confined space, high-angle, trench rescue as well as structure collapse which is quite a bit of technical knowledge we have to stay up on," said Valdosta Fire Capt. Brian Boutwell.

Captain Boutwell says it's important for them to keep training to keep their skills up so they'll be prepared to respond to any type of rescue situation.


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