LFD trains to battle high rise fires - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/21/10

LFD trains to battle high rise fires

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock fire crews utilized Weymouth Hall at Texas Tech this week to train for high rise fires. 

Wednesday, crews simulated a fire on the top floor that had reached the roof, and a malfunction with the elevators meant crews had to take the stairs all the way to the top to battle the blaze.

Division Chief Steve Odorizzi says physical fitness is very important to the team, even when they're not in a high rise.  "Just any type of fire fighting is a very labor intensive activity, and studies have proven just the fact that you respond to a fire, your chance of a heart attack can increase 200 times," Odorizzi said. 

The fire department tries to do high rise exercises every two to three years.

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