Real-life training for local firefighters

Reported by Claire Simms - bio|email
Posted by Lauren Thomson - email

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -  Twisted metal and an overturned truck are all that firefighters can see when they arrive on the scene.  Now, they have to find the driver trapped inside.

A pick up truck pinned upside down underneath a transport truck inside a 10 foot ditch was used as part of a training exercise run by the Leland Fire Department.

"It was like real life. The scenario set up it was next level, if you will, 'cause you do a lot of training and drills like this, but nothing to this magnitude," said Bradley Hill, a Leland firefighter.

Firefighters from Leland, Winnabow, Northwest and Navassa are all learning how to respond to an accident involving heavy equipment, because of all the industrial activity in part of Brunswick County.

"The concept is to start training together," said Leland Fire Department Chief John Grimes.  "Leland serves as a base for the heavy response equipment, but due to the personnel that it requires to do an event like this, we're trying to join with our neighboring departments to create a team."

With more industrial parks on the way, accidents like this will become more likely, and firefighters say they need to know how to save lives in every emergency.

"Even though it's a mannequin it could be that guy tonight when we get woken up at 2, 3 in the morning to do this and it just - this is what we're here for," said Hill.  "This is why we do this job."

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