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Quincy Fire Department trains for high elevation rescues

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

When there's a medical emergency, every moment is critical for first responders.

That's why the Quincy Fire Department raised the stakes with a high elevation rescue training Friday. Firefighters simulated a medical emergency situation more than 100 feet in the air, on the top of a crane at the construction site of Blessing Hospital.

Officials say they like to train with unique circumstances, so they are ready for anything they might encounter on the job.

"We wanted to come out in advance and work with the contractors and work with this crane operator to see exactly what it is we would be dealing with if we had to go up and rescue that individual or if we had to work with that crane operator to do a different rescue," Captain Mark Bigelow of the Quincy Fire Department.

Officials say they chose Blessing Hospital as their training site because the construction is a long-term project in the area.

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