TFD trains for rescue situations outside of fires

Toledo Fire Department Fire Station 6 (WNWO/Marcus Espinoza).

Fire Station 6 in East Toledo is the northwest, Ohio, Region one division of the Urban Search & Rescue Team.

This requires extra training that may come into play outside of the Toledo area, servicing 18 counties in northwest, Ohio, specifically involving ropes.

"We've gone on floods, we've gone on tornado damage and people that are trapped, we've gone on a manufacturing facility that collapsed and unfortunately there was a fatality," said Battalion Chief Bryce Blair with the Toledo Fire Department.

He said ropes play an integral role in rescue.

"Ropes are a fundamental component of (not) just rope rescue (but) they can be apart of a trench rescue or confined space rescue or structural collapse rescue," said Battalion Chief Blair.

Private Andrew Decker is a firefighter for station 6 and said this training expands their abilities as a firehouse.

"Someone's on the bridge and we need to go up there and get them safely, we need someone that we can call on, people that know how to hook up right away, so we're able to save someone," said Decker.

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