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Sharpening rescue skills

Los Angeles County firefighters keep skills sharp

Posted: September 21, 2009 10:17 p.m.
Updated: September 22, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Firefighter Steve Corbertt, left, from Chatsworth Station 75, holds the base of the ladder as Shawn Bayer, right, also from Station 75, lifts it.

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Firefighters scaled ladders in a vacant Valencia parking lot Monday morning - practice for rarely used but critical rescue operations.

About 20 firefighters from the local Battalion 6 separated into three training stations, where they learned tips about how to properly open and climb up ground ladders, which are used to reach rooftops.

"The only way you do it is to get your hands on them and throw them up next to a building and get used to the weight and how to react when you're working with them," said Los Angeles County firefighter Simon Sage.

In another section, the firefighters learned how to operate a 100-foot aerial ladder that extended from one of the battalion's fire engines and reached to the rooftop of a nearby car dealership on Creekside Road.

At the ladder bridging workstation, they were trained in how to access people in difficult-to-reach places such as ditches.

"We don't use them enough because we don't have that many rescues that require us to use ladders of this nature," said Los Angeles County firefighter specialist Joe Crocco. "So when we have drills like these, it helps with the training."

The batallion hosts different training sessions each month to keep the firefighter's skills sharp, said fire Capt. Gabriel Etcheverry.


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