PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland Firefighters learned how to rescue people from very unique and dangerous scenarios over the weekend.
They received confined space training on Sunday. They learned the skills they would need to rescue someone trapped in a small space underground, like a septic tank or even the city's sewer system. The training is part of a $1.2 million federal grant the fire department received last year. The grant also allowed the city to hire twelve new firefighters. Lieutenant Robert Slaving says confined space rescue requires the firefighters to learn brand new skills they don't use every day.
"It's a 36 diameter pipe, it's anywhere that somebody can't do any living in," Slaving said. "They have to go up and down through ropes and ladders, and we don't see that every day."
Lieutenant Slaving is also one of the first responders who helped rescue a woman from her car in Portland Harbor last month. The civilians and law enforcement who aided in that rescue will be honored by the City of Portland at Monday night's city council meeting.