Firefighters go aboard the William A. Irvin for rescue training |

Firefighters go aboard the William A. Irvin for rescue training

Updated: September 16, 2021 05:40 PM
Created: September 16, 2021 04:43 PM

Although they are low frequency, confined space rescues are high risk. That's why the Duluth Fire Department makes sure their crews stay on top of their training.

Thursday, they had a chance to put their skills to the test inside the William A. Irvin. They had to rescue a fictional patient named Dave, who had a medical problem down below deck.

"It's really good to get out here and do something like this, on the Irvin. In my career, we've had a number of confined space rescues on ships. We have a lot of ships in the port, with medical emergencies. Or people getting stuck in spaces over the years," shared Assistant Chief Brent Consie.

He explained that companies are required to let them know about confined space work ahead of time.

Another important thing to remember is to leave these kind of rescues to professionals. Following people in can lead to more problems.

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