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Pasco County Fire Rescue Special Operations goes low to elevate their training

By COREY DIERDORFF, Correspondent | May 03, 2021 | FLORIDA

Story No. 050321116

The Pasco County Fire Rescue Special Operations Division headed to Tampa to train aboard the American Victory Ship in Channelside. Firefighters descended down a 60-foot ladder shaft that is 24” by 24” to the ship's belly. The training scenario is to rescue a victim suffering from a medical emergency while working on the ship's driveshaft. Firefighters must successfully treat and raise the patient to safety. While we don’t have a lot of mega-ships in Pasco County, this scenario allows Firefighters to train in tight spots that exist within the county. We are grateful to the American Victory Ship for allowing us to train on this beautiful WW2 Merchant Marine vessel!

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