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Bismarck Firefighters Practice Making Rope Rescues

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Two firemen are 'rescued' from a pit at the Bismarck water plant.
This is a simulation of a real life accident.
Ben Smith shows us what an emergency rescue from a 40-foot pit would look like.
After days of learning the ropes, 
Bismarck Firefighters put their skills to the test.
"We are going to have an incident where we had two individuals that became incapacitated in the bottom of a pit or a well where they are working on equipment." says Chief Brooks Martin, Bismarck Fire Dept.
The first step--form a plan
"There is no stairs down there to bring them up on." says Captain Frank Smith, Bismarck Fire Dept.
Then put that plan in motion.
"Basically we had to go down there with ropes and bring these two patients up." 
After the rope system is put in place,
The rescuer repels down into the pit to reach the first victim,
And then the second.
"I think they did a good job.  We got everybody up, nobody else got hurt, and everybody's fine." says Smith
The simulation is a success.
"Well I'll just evaluate it for you.  There's some little things that they could have done better but that is one of the finest attendants that I've seen on a letter in my 40 years." says Dave Mabick
These firemen are training...
So they know what to expect when the unexpected happens.
Ben Smith KXNews
Firemen from Bismarck, Minot, and Grand Forks took part in the training.
Chief Carlson says these sessions have been made possible because of a working relationship with the Westmoreland mine in Beulah, ND.
He says more training is in the works and will deal with rescuing people from confined spaces.
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