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RESCUE DRILLS: DMFD & National Guard Team Up

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Des Moines firefighters and Iowa National Guard soldiers teamed up for drills Tuesday.

The group practiced what it would be like to rescue someone in a confined space. Rescuers practiced using ropes to drop down into a small hole.

They packaged up the patients and worked to efficiently get out of the space.

Rescuers had to monitor the atmosphere and may have to use respiratory equipment.

“What we’ve done is maneuver what we call our dorsal hookup upwards a little bit so if someone does go unconscious they would hang in such a fashion that we would be able to get them out of a small space without have to manipulate or maneuver them at all,” Des Moines Fire Department  Lt. Bob Suarez explained.

This practice was done at the fire department training facility on Dean Avenue.