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Owensboro, Henderson Firefighters Undergo Confined Space Rescue Training

Firefighters from Owensboro and Henderson have been going through an intense, week-long training focusing on rescuing individuals from confined spaces.

Posted: Mar 12, 2021 10:19 AM

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.

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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