Fire crews with the Owensboro Fire Department and the Henderson Fire Department have been going through an intense, week-long training focusing on confined-space rescues.
“We have a lot of confined spaces in all of our communities that we never really think about until someone gets in a tough situation," said Fire Chief Steven Leonard with OFD explained. "We're the folks that will get them out.”
Chief Leonard says that oftentimes, OFD and HFD work together in dangerous situations - and with the two departments' stations only 27 minutes away from one another, the special training sessions are sure to benefit both communities.
"It's not an easy task to do. It takes a team effort and specialized training to pull that off,” Chief Leonard continued. "So If we do have to call on each other, everyone knows what’s going on and how to work with each other."
One of their biggest priorities for both fire stations: Making sure firefighters know how to stay safe and keep others safe in tight conditions.