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Twinsburg -- Twinsburg Fire Department firefighters and paramedics practiced field training exercises along with medical helicopter personnel from University Hospitals during the great weather Sept. 16.
The exercise, an inter-agency event that focused on possible problems that could befall a medical helicopter crew, took place at Fire Station No. 2 on Glenwood Drive.
According to fire officials, the group practiced how to properly shut down a medical helicopter if the pilot were to become incapacitated; trauma experience if a helicopter experienced a hard landing; and generally focused on flight crew safety and response.
In these photos, Twinsburg firefighter paramedic Lt. John Dunn practices needle decompression using a slab of pork ribs and an inner tube to simulate human ribs and lungs; and Twinsburg firefighter paramedics practice using new fire extinguishers that digitally compute the amount of water pressure needed to put out a fire during the field training Sept. 16.