|Published:||Jun 08, 2010 11:21 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 08, 2010 8:22 PM EDT|
NAPLES - Wink News suited up as the Naples Fire Department performed once-in-a-lifetime training designed to prevent tragedy.
"We certainly have firefighters dying over and over for the same reasons," said Naples Fire Chief Steve McInerny.
They practiced how to conquer scenarios, like the "Pittsburgh Drill" named after a 1995 tragedy when three firefighters perished.
The Naples firefighters carried 100lbs. of gear and crawled through a maze. The goal was to reach a 165lb. Dummy at the end of the obstacle course and get it to safety. But, instructors put wax paper on the firefighters' facemasks.
"We need to learn these skills now while we're training and not during the emergency," says Chief McInerny.
Although these conditions don't include the 400-plus degree heat firefighters endure, they say the lessons are immeasurable.
"I don't think you could put a price on it," says Chief McInerny.
Naples firefighters will continue practicing a couple of days a week into July.
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