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Water Tower Rescue Training

The Shawnee Fire Department partnered with Water One on Friday to conduct a training exercise at a water tower near 87th Street and Monticello Road. The rescue exercise simulated an emergency where a water tower worker, radio tower worker or even power line worker had a medical emergency while working on a high elevation surface. During this exercise, the members of the Shawnee technical rescue team simulated a worker having a heart attack while climbing the ladder to the top of the water tower and had to lower him 130 feet safely to the ground.

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Shawnee Fire Captain Matt Epperson climbs to firefighter Jack Dillon who posed as a water ...

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Several members of the technical rescue team operated a pulley system to lift and lower ...

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A look at the 150-foot Water One tower.

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The Shawnee technical rescue team prepares for its climb up the tower.

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Firefighter Ethan Foster was the first to scale the tower's ladder.

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Jack Dillion does a convincing job of playing a heart-attack victim on the water tower ...

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