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ROCHESTER, MN — They fight more than just fires and crews in our area are preparing for whatever they may face.
The Rochester Fire Department went to an area water tower and practiced a rescue scenario for a person painting a water tower.
In this case, they had to come down from the top of the tower to rescue a fatigued worker who could not get back up on his own.
They try to practice scenarios like this at least once a month.
“We utilize the parting ramps in town and very soon we’re going to be fortunate enough to have a regional public safety training center that will allow us to do this on an even more regular basis,” said Battalion Chief Chris Bailey of the Rochester Fire Department.
Members of the Minnesota Task Force 1 were also taking part in the training. That task force was part of the landslide rescue at Lillydale Park in the metro area a few weeks ago.