Greenville firefighters train for confined rescues

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Firefighters in one Eastern Carolina city are refining their skills when it comes to dealing with confined spaces.

WITN got a first-hand look Wednesday morning as Greenville Fire/Rescue firefighters dealt with a possible scenario where a person was overcome by a gas leak.

Two firefighters repelled down a four-story shaft into the confined space and quickly got the person onto a backboard.

The training, which happens about once a year, is done at a Greenville Utilities pump station on Sterling Pointe Drive.

The goal is retrieval, with assessment of the patient coming after removal because of the dangerous conditions inside.

About 120 firefighters will go through the training over a three day period.