Fairfield Firefighters Train For Tight Space Removals

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Fairfield Fire Assistant Chief Scott Bisson demonstrates the haul system with Lt. Phil Higgins to fire fighter\s Matt Streibe and Ed Walsh and Lt.s Mark Harry and Joe Buoni.
Fairfield Fire Assistant Chief Scott Bisson demonstrates the haul system with Lt. Phil Higgins to fire fighter\s Matt Streibe and Ed Walsh and Lt.s Mark Harry and Joe Buoni. Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department
Fairfield Fire fighters Derek Paules, Jerry McGuire, Nick Gentile and Rich Carlo prepare to make a Confined Space Rescue Entry under the supervision of Lt. Phil Higgins and Assistand Chief Scott Bisson.
Fairfield Fire fighters Derek Paules, Jerry McGuire, Nick Gentile and Rich Carlo prepare to make a Confined Space Rescue Entry under the supervision of Lt. Phil Higgins and Assistand Chief Scott Bisson. Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department
Lt. Phil Higgins supervises Fairfield fire fighters Rich Carlo and Rich Bassett making a Confined Space Rescue with Lt. Joe Buoni Attending and fire fighters Ed Walsh and Derek Paules working the haul system.
Lt. Phil Higgins supervises Fairfield fire fighters Rich Carlo and Rich Bassett making a Confined Space Rescue with Lt. Joe Buoni Attending and fire fighters Ed Walsh and Derek Paules working the haul system. Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Fairfield firefighters spent four days last month training with the Water Pollution Control Authority for a confined space rescue at the water treatment plant. 

Firefighters will have a refresher class at the Fire Training Center before going to the WPCA facilities and simulating rescues in a 20-foot deep vault.

“The safety of my men is my number one concern,” said Fire Chief Richard Felner.

“This kind of training has proven its worth time and time again in protecting them while making dangerous rescues,” he said.

The training is an annual requirement from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as the fire department is the designated confined space rescue responder for the town, Felner said. 

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