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Rochester firefighters go to great heights


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester firefighters went to great heights Tuesday.

Firefighters simulated a scenario in Northwest Rochester of a painter in distress on the side of a water tower.

The crew had the tough task of making sure all of their harnesses were nice and tight before being lowered down to the victim in trouble.  

While this scenario seems unlikely, there are many water towers and buildings around the area and firefighters need to be ready for anything.

"So we're training for the unknown today, so that if something happens in the future we're already up on our training in this technical rescue portion of it. And we have not had to here yet so, hopefully I say yet. But we always train for the likelihood that we will have to do it," said Mike Schultz of the Rochester Fire Department.

Firefighters practiced for both a conscious and unconscious victim.

The Rochester Fire Department conducts rescue drills once a month, but practice tasks such as the one on Tuesday, are done on a quarterly basis.



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