Local firefighters train to save trapped victims
By: Wes Wallace
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - A horrific scene in New York overnight, as nearly ten people die in a house fire. A mother threw children from a third story window, trying to save the children.
Coincidentally, Cape Girardeau firefighters already planned a similar rescue training session for Thursday afternoon. The firefighters spent most of the week practicing various maneuvers.
"How to pick people off windows in obvious peril, just trying to do different techniques with limited staffing," says Fire Chief Rick Ennis, "With the number of recent fatal fires nationally, it's very important we work on victim rescue."
Ennis says there aren't a lot of calls that require ladder rescue. As he gives the interview, the sound of shattering glass breaks his words. Firefighters use ladders to bust out windows to let out smoke and gas and create an entryway from the ground.