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Water drills put firefighters to test

Dunedin firefighter/paramedic Jeff Turcsanyi in full gear floats on his back as Oldsmar firefighter/paramedic Brian Peters swims over to rescue him during drills Wednesday morning 8/14/13. - The Dunedin Fire Department is hosting AugustÕs north county fire training at the Dunedin Municipal Marina. The training will cover water-based firefighter safety and survival while working along the water at scenes such as boat fires where a firefighter could fall into the water. Firefighters in bunker gear and oxygen tanks practiced self rescue after falling off a dock by floating on their backs and swimming to a ladder. They also rescued a fully outfitted firefighter from the water by having one firefighter jump into the water strapping the other firefighter into a basket while others pulled them up a ladder. firefighters also learned how to loop a firehouse over a seawall for a firefighter to step onto and be pulled up to the edge. Participating departments include: Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, East Lake, Oldsmar, and Safety Harbor. The drill will run twice a day for six days. The drills were organized by Erich Thiemann, training chief.

Water drills put firefighters to test 08/14/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:48pm]
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