Repelling from rooftops, fighting fires, swift water rescues, diving, and more– It can all be a part of a day’s work for Columbus Fire and EMS.
“We wear a lot of hats in this job.. Not only just firefighting but medical and emergency medical services,” says Captain Brice Patterson.
Columbus Fire and EMS opened their doors to the public for the first time Friday morning to showcase a few skills during a live demonstration.
“We tried to incorporate two disciplines today- the high angle as well as the firefighting,” says Battalion Chief Bryan Watson.
The department performed a live fire exercise and a repelling exercise.
This is only a small glimpse of the many ways the department trains and insures the men and women are prepared.
“When a call comes in for 911 and it’s an emergency, it could be anything and we have to be prepared to handle those situations,” says Captain Patterson.
The crew who provided the repelling demonstration is tried and true.
“The crew that actually came off the top, it’s the same crew that a couple years ago went off the 13th Street bridge when we had a worker that was dangling. That was the same crew that went and got him,” says Batt. Chief Watson.
Columbus Fire and EMS says they plan to hold more open demonstrations in the future.