Galesburg firefighters respond to mutual aid call

November 18, 2013 01:23 PM
 The Galesburg Fire Department was called upon by Illinois MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) to assist the City of Washington, IL after the devastating tornado that ripped through the community Sunday afternoon. Six firefighters from Galesburg in two department pick up trucks joined with other area departments to form a 10-man Technical Rescue Team. Responding from Galesburg were: Battalion Chiefs Dan Foley and Todd Peterson, and Captains Eric Hazlett, Michael McDorman, John Cypert and Derek Perry.
The team spent several hours combing through the wreckage to assist those trapped and ensure safe rescue. Mutual aid teams are prepared for a 48-hour shift, carrying their own tents and supplies. This team was back home at 11 p.m. Sunday night.
Galesburg has 12 firefighters trained and certified for the Technical Rescue Team. Certification requires 300 hours of training in rescue from confined space, high angle, trench and collapse. Certification can take up to two years to achieve.


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