Firefighters need to know how to respond to calls on bridges

Firefighters need to know how to respond to calls on bridges

Firefighters need to know how to respond to calls on bridges

When people think of firefighters, images of rescue workers rushing into burning buildings may come to mind. However, as anybody who has ever completed firefighter training will tell these individuals, there is so much more to this line of work than merely extinguishing blazes.

For example, if firefighters work in areas where there are a lot of bridges, they may find themselves responding to calls on these structures, which can sometimes be difficult to conduct rescues on. This, in turn, makes the need for firefighter training drills involving bridges a necessity.

Bridge incidents can occur at any time
As the same cars that speed down roads also go over many bridges, there is always a chance of motorists being involved in an accident on one of these structures and requiring assistance from rescue workers. However, bridges are also places individuals who are looking to end their life might go, which means firefighters need to know how to rescue them as well.

Firefighters, as well as members of law enforcement, recently reported to the La Salle Street Bridge in Chicago, Illinois, where a man was threatening to jump, the Chicago Tribune reported. In this particular incident, firefighters managed to get close enough to grab the man and pull him to safety.

While this incident ended well, not all calls end the same way. For this reason, fire departments need to make sure their crews are ready for anything.

Kentucky firefighters prepare for bridge rescues
Before month’s end, the Big Four Bridge, a structure designed for pedestrians and cyclists, is set to open, according to WDRB. As fire trucks weigh too much to be on the bridge, officials from Louisville Fire and Rescue have been walking the bridge to brainstorm possible rescue options.

“We’ve got a utility type vehicle, possibly utilizing that as access from ground up to this area,” Lieutenant Colonel Glen Nally of Louisville Fire and Rescue told the news source.

In the event that there is a jumper on the bridge, Captain Jonathan Jones, also of Louisville Fire and Rescue, said firefighters will likely have boats in position below the bridge. No matter what happens once the bridge opens, local firefighters will be ready to respond, as they are currently undergoing training.

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