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Quincy Firefighters Conduct Nighttime Training

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Now that it gets darker earlier with the time change...the already-hazardous job of an emergency first responder becomes even more challenging.

But Quincy firefighters say - that's why they're getting prepared - training specifically at night.

A construction worker has fallen down an eight foot hole - after working with a backhoe.

"the bucket swung around, knocked the individual into the pit, and he's unconscious and needing rescue," explains Deputy Chief Steve Salrin.

Fortunately - the construction worker is a mannequin and this is just a drill for Quincy firefighters - but Lieutenant Chris Bichsel says - this kind of situation - is very likely.

"With all the construction work, it's a possibility on a day to day basis," he said. 

Because the drill got started well after the sun had set - Bichsel says the rescue is even more challenging.

"You've got the darkness, so you set up lighting, that helps a little - but still you can't see everything."

Deputy Chief Steve Salrin says in these types of situations - it's not only convenient for firefighters to see what they're doing, it's also important for them to see how close they are to the opening.

"We want to make sure there's no one around the trench that doesn't need to be, there doesn't need to be any more weight around the edge of the trench than there needs to be, just to prevent additional collapse."

The rescue takes a few hours - first firefighters establish slats along the side of the trench to make sure it's steady, and then send rescuers down the eight feet to board and remove the victim. Bichsel says it's not a common rescue for firefighters in Quincy - so they want to make sure practice makes perfect.

"We do the training so we're prepared."

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