MEDFORD, Ore. — Firefighters typically train to rescue others, but on Wednesday, they practiced techniques to rescue each other. The former Kim’s Restaurant is scheduled to be torn down and it was a perfect place for training grounds.
In the next couple of months, brand new firefighters with Medford Fire-Rescue and Fire District No. 3 will be using the building. They’ll be doing some search and rescue techniques, fire hose operation and other exercises.
On Wednesday, they worked on how to rescue each other in dangerous situations on what’s called “Rapid Intervention Teams” or RIT.
“It’s been an awesome opportunity. Because we’ve been able to train in an actual environment that we’ve been able to come into in a day-to-day basis. It’s not just a training prop. It’s something we’ve never seen before,” said firefighter Jeff Benyo.
The new firefighters began their academy about a month ago. It’s an 11-week course and they will be done around mid-June.