HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - If you saw emergency crews at a parking garage in downtown Holyoke on Wednesday, don't be alarmed; it's only a drill.
Members of the new Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team are doing training at the Dwight Street garage all day long.
Team members are being trained in how to respond to several different kinds of emergencies, including trench rescues, confined space rescues, and high-angle rescues, something that team director Bill Selkirk explained for 22News.
"For instance if we had a window washer that went down outside of a building, people working cell phone towers; if somebody got in trouble when they're up there, we can go up and get them, bring them down to safety," Selkirk said.
Holyoke Fire Department Lieutenant Tom Paquin told 22News that the Western Mass Fire Chiefs Association helped put the group together, because most communities just don't have the resources to equip their own individual rescue teams. Funding from the Department of Homeland Security also helped get the group going.