The Pella Volunteer Fire Department and Pella Community Ambulance services have been working on confined spaces training for nearly a month.
The crews assemble and volunteer their time every other Saturday for 8 hours to learn about new equipment, safety and rigging techniques, and hear expert advice on rescue operations in those confined spaces.
Pella Fire Chief Doug Van Gorkom says that while there wasn’t a pressing need for the training, he felt it was important his staff have experience, and be certified to carry out those operations.
Doug Polking, Director of the Pella Community Ambulance says it’s important for both staffs to take part in the training as they typically work together at rescue scenes.
KNIA/KRLS News was invited to one of those training events, where a shaft rescue was practiced. Watch the video below to see Pella Volunteer Rescuers ‘rescue’ one of their own during a training exercise.