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Photo Gallery: Natchez Firefighters Training

Lt. Fernando Videgaray led the Rapid Intervention Teams course Tuesday at the Natchez Fire Department training facility.

Videgaray said the difference between a firefighter rescue and a regular person rescue is when firefighters need rescuing it’s usually pretty bad because they have the gear and the air that allows them to get much deeper in more dangerous areas than people who do not have those tools.

“So when we get in there, the floor will collapse or ceiling has collapsed or we become lost or low on air or something it’s really cause for alarm,” Videgaray said, “because the time they have left is the air they have in their bottle so they may have 10 minutes left they may have 4 minutes left and you’re up against the clock.”

All firefighters at the Natchez Fire Department will complete one day of RIT training at the facility over the course of three days.

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