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Norwich Firefighters Become Confined Space Rescue Techs

By RYAN FLAHERTY, Correspondent | March 08, 2021 | CONNECTICUT

Story No. 032321107

NORWICH, CT - In 2020, the Norwich Fire Department applied for and was awarded a grant through the International Association of Firefighters to host two confined space rescue technician classes.

Due to Covid-19, the classes were postponed until this spring. During the second week of March, firefighters from the City of Norwich and the Groton Submarine Base took the class, which started at Norwich Fire Headquarters.

After two days of classroom, crews performed multiple practical evolutions using meters, ropes, an Arizona Vortex Tripod, air cart and ventilation equipment. Crews were able to perform evolutions at the Norwich Public Utilities Waste Water Treatment Plant, their Reservoir facility in Lebanon, the Norwich Transportation Center and at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville.

The second class will be held in June with firemen from Norwich, New London and the Submarine Base.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.