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Firefighter in the hole

In honor of National Firefighter Safety, Health and Survival Week, firefighters from Forest Grove Fire and Rescue and the Cornelius Fire Department participated in a series of drills last week
by: Photo courtesy Forest Grove Fire & Rescue

When a firefighter gets trapped, they call a mayday, a special signal for help which draws a focused response team to the scene. In honor of National Firefighter Safety, Health and Survival Week, firefighters from Forest Grove Fire and Rescue and the Cornelius Fire Department participated in a series of drills last week simulating situations calling for a mayday at a local warehouse. Firefighter Ivan Bratchuk (pictured) was unable to wear his air pack and crawl through the tube at the same time, so he took his air pack off and pushed it through while still breathing clean air from it, simulating a closed-environment situation.