BARGERSVILLE, Ind. – Firefighters battle blazes each day, but part of their job also includes responding to other emergencies like rope and water rescues.
Firefighters at the Bargarsville department use a special training facility near Smokey Row and Mullinix roads to keep their skills sharp when the unexpected happens. Not only does the department protect their city, they respond to emergencies in the area encompassing 62 square miles.
"Rope rescues don’t come around very often, especially in our area, so the training and persistence of skills is key,” said Fire Chief Jason Ramey.
At the facility, firefighters have a safe space to practice low frequency, high risk emergencies. They recently poured concrete to create a surface to practice vehicle extraction.
“Now that we are able to practice our skills in a safer environment it’s going to benefit not only our personnel but the public when we go to serve them,” said Ramey.
He said having the facility handy has saved a lot of money as many departments have to use old buildings to practice. Bargersville Fire secured a $30,000 grant from the Johnson County Community Foundation for the structure.
Emergency personnel from across the country are welcome and train at the facility often.
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