New facility gives rescues workers a place to train

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Firefighters from across the state are getting training experience for potentially dangerous rescue situations. A new facility at the North Dakota Safety Council in Bismarck is the only one of its kind in the region.

According to one of the instructors, when someone is taught in a classroom they retain 40 to 60 percent of the info. When they are able to practice what they are taught, retention is 60 to 80 percent. The extra retention is important when it comes to rescue workers.

"The big problem in North Dakota right now is there is such an influx of industry. In the mining industry and the petroleum industry, that with OSHA regulations, the employers are required to provide these rescue services," said Brad Warr, a Rocco Rescue trainer.

The new facility provides firefighters and rescue workers from across the Midwest a place to train for a variety of life saving techniques.

"A lot of the plants, the mines, we just kind of made do with what they have in their facilities. Probably not near as controlled or clean. It's been a really nice addition to the safety community for the safety council to have this," said Dale Hurt, a Bismarck fire captain.

Firefighters from across the state are being trained there this week.

"Most of the time you have to travel to a different location. Within North Dakota there a few fire training towers, but a facility where you can do high angle, confined space, and rescue from fall protection, this'll be the only chance in the area for firefighters to come down and get this training," said Warr.

It is one of the few of its kind that is indoors, so it can be used year round; an important feature for a North Dakota based program.