Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
October 5, 2004
Valdosta - Firefighters do more than just fight fires. They save lives and must undergo extensive training to learn to rescue people from danger.
It may look like spiderman scaling the walls of this seven story building, but its actually Valdosta firefighter Brian Boutwell training for high-rise rescues. "Firefighting's a dangerous job, its all about training," said Boutwell.
He's suspended in mid-air, with just a skinny rope and harness supporting his weight. Its a pretty scary situation. "It is and there's a lot of tension but you gain confidence when you do it over and over," said Boutwell. "We have ledge negotiation and you have to shift you're weight so you don't bounce."
It's not something they do everyday, but when the situation arises, these firefighters have to be prepared. "Should someone be trapped or injured and our ladder truck isn't able to reach them, this is when we'll need this high angle training," said Captain Ken Gallagher.
The firefighters are repelling from the Ashley House, which is the tallest building in Lowndes County. Seven stories is a long way down, but add smoke and fire to that, and it gets a lot harder. "Anytime its an emergency situation, its going to intensify everybody's emotions," said Boutwell.
But as the saying goes, practice makes it a little closer to perfect. "You get to where its second nature and you come out here and practice, then when the emergency comes up you can keep the emotions down and it makes it a lot easier," said Boutwell.
A lot easier to get you out of harms way and on the ground to safety.
Valdosta firefighters also practice high angle rescue training off of water towers and television towers.