Cemex hosted more than 30 area firefighters at its Brooksville South Cement Plant in Florida to provide first responders the opportunity to conduct high-angle rescue training and practice operating at heights.
The firefighters from Hernando County, Pasco County and Tampa’s Fire Department visited the Cemex facility on Nov. 8 for the specialized training where first responders simulated rescue operations using the height of two clinker silos at the cement plant.
During the exercise, firefighters were tasked with rescuing a mannequin that mimicked a patient that was injured nearly 200 ft. above the ground. Firefighters climbed the silo to where the mannequin was located, loaded it into a rescue basket, then ziplined down a rope to an adjacent silo to complete the rescue. Firefighters also received additional practice on rappelling down the sides of buildings by climbing down the side of one of the silos.
“Cemex has been a part of Hernando County for decades, and we are proud to support our local first responders by providing them a training ground where they can practice unique rescues,” said Cemex USA Brooksville South Cement Plant Manager Alberto Calleros. “This training strengthens the abilities of the firefighters as they serve our communities in extraordinary scenarios.”
Hernando County first responders are scheduled to visit the plant again this month to hold classes alerting Cemex employees of the risks of confined spaces as part of the company’s annual Safety Week.