Thursday, May 3, 2012
female Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue and Firefighter-paramedic was rescued tonight by fellow firefighters after having breathing problems during a training exercise.
Firefighters were at a training tower on Pike Road, when one of the firefighter-paramedics had some heat exhaustion and difficulty breathing. The incident happened about 9:45 tonight.
A number of firefighters from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue were there, going through what they describe as a fairly large drill with about a dozen fire trucks and paramedic trucks. In this case, the training scenario was a six-story building, with multiple victims and fires on different floors.
There were no actual fires burning, just machines that generate smoke. The female firefighter was on the sixth floor doing training when she ran into some type of problem. Authorities say going through training like this is very important.
"It's extremely important. Preparation for any kind of incidents that are gonna happen in the field, if we have the opportunity to put them in realistic conditions here we can prepare them better," said Training Capt. Lee Forshner, Palm Beach Co. Fire-Rescue.
Officials are not releasing the name of the female firefighter. She was taken to Palms West and is expected to be okay
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