Conexión San Ángelo/ Austin Vandiver, ASU intern

SAN ANGELO – The San Angelo Fire Department performed a simulation rescue on Wednesday, March 21, at Shannon Medical Center’s Hospital, in accordance with Hoar Construction LLC.

Three firefighters successfully rescued a 167-pound dummy from the 7th floor scaffold of the Shannon tower expansion construction site, using a stokes basket to secure and lower the victim down.

“This event is known as a high risk, low frequency, meaning it is not done very often,” said Assistant Chief, Todd Sanford. “It is always a dangerous situation, even in a simulated type such as this one.”

The scenario, which took 50 minutes to complete, was that of a construction worker who had suffered a heart attack.

“I’ve got two engine companies, my rescue company which consists of Jeff Hunter, Lt. Mike Young and Wade Milsapp a couple of rope guys. Engine #3 company, Engine #5 company and my ladder company are all up there involved in assisting,” concluded Sanford.

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