Wednesday, February 22, 2017

High-flying training drill at Milwaukee’s Valley Power Plant

How does rappelling 200 feet down the stack of a power plant sound to you? It’s just another day on the job for members of the Milwaukee Fire Department’s Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT). 

Recently, the HURT team visited our Valley Power Plant in Milwaukee to practice some high-flying maneuvers. They practiced rappelling from two different elevations at the plant, including one of the power plant stacks. They also performed a mock rescue, lowering one of their team members to the ground on a stretcher from the power plant’s roof.

The training is part of a continued partnership between We Energies and MFD as both agencies work together to enhance preparedness of first responders in an emergency. Our electric and gas crews often work alongside firefighters at fire scenes. We also help educate firefighters about the hazards associated with natural gas and electric emergencies.

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