Training preps Paris firefighters to save lives

Published: Jan. 25, 2018 at 6:40 PM CST
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Paris firefighters spent Thursday morning training for when duty calls.

Firefighters on Thursday's A-shift practiced what is known as The Denver Drill.

The Denver Drill is based on the 1992 death of Engineer Mark Langvardt of the Denver Fire Department in Colo.

Langvardt got separated from his crew while responding to a three-alarm fire and was pinned in an area after a roof collapse in the building's storage room

Trapped by intense heat and smoke, as well as filing cabinets lining the walls, firefighters had a limited space to try and rescue Langvardt.

They had an aisle that was 28 inches wide and were not able to stand in efforts to rescue the unconscious firefighter. Unfortunately, they were not able to save him and he died in the fire.

Thursday's drill happened inside an exact replica of the hallway Denver firefighters were in during that rescue back in 1992.

The drill's goal is for two firefighters to get in the confined space with a firefighter that is unable to help and lift him to a window in order to rescue him.

Firefighter Toby Keenum says it takes a team to pull off rescues like these.

"One guy is behind him and the other one is in front. The guy behind him has the goal of pushing him up about the height of a window, while the other guy is driving him through. The uncomfortable part is you're picking up dead weight," Keenum said.

The drill is practiced by firefighters all across the country.