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New Recruits Train in Tight Quarters

April 26, 2018 11:35 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Rochester Fire Department is giving its recruits an on-hands training in tight spaces.

Capt. Caleb Feine says it's especially difficult for them when they're rescuing people from those types of situations.

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"This is the continuing portion of the recruit academy. Our two new recruits are about six weeks into their recruit academy and they're doing their final evolutions of a two day confined space training,” said Feine.

Marcus Gudgell is one of those recruits going through the training for the first time.

"It’s a good experience. This is definitely a challenge to figure out if you do well in confined spaces."

The storm drain recruits had to go through on Thursday was only 24 inches in diameter.

"It’s an uncomfortable situation. It's not something you practice a lot beforehand so it's a lot of work cause you're limited in mobility of getting yourself through the sewer tube,” said Gudgell.

But Capt. Caleb Feine says the aim is for the recruits to be uncomfortable, "We're really an all-hazards department. We get called upon for so many different things and giving them the opportunity to train in these types of situations just ensures that when the call comes in, no matter what it is they do have the knowledge to really take care of whatever needs to be done.”

It gives confidence to recruits like Gudgell who may one day have to put the skills to use.

"I’m someone that's very hands-on learner. So doing repetitions like this, doing it multiple times I think is something that I will take with me and kinda fall back on training from today if we ever had a real-life scenario where we needed to do something like this."

New recruit graduation will take place on May 23rd.

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