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Roanoke fire crews training includes climbing at 240 feet height



Roanoke, Virginia – On Sunday, Roanoke Fire-EMS teams underwent training at a height of roughly 240 feet.

A training was provided for Heavy Technical Rescue teams in the Roanoke Valley by the Roanoke Fire-EMS department in collaboration with Robins and Morton Branch Builds.

They gathered outside Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital to learn how to maneuver past the site’s 240-foot crane in case they need to react to an emergency involving a construction worker.

“These types of calls are very low frequency, but they’re very high-risk. You can see they’re working up at a high area today and having to work around a lot of construction equipment around the crane, as well,” Battalion Chief Chad Riddleberger said, who is also a leader in the department’s Special Operations Division.

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