CEMEX hosted more than 30 area firefighters at its Brooksville South cement plant in early November. This experience provided first responders with the opportunity to conduct high-angle rescue training, as well as practicing operating at heights.
From Hernando County, Pasco County, and Tampa’s fire department, the firefighters visited the CEMEX plant for specialised training. First responders simulated rescue operations, using the height of two clinker silos at the cement plant. Firefighters were tasked with rescuing a mannequin, which mimicked a patient that was injured almost 200 ft above ground. The firefighters climbed the silo to where the mannequin was located and loaded it into a rescue basket, before ziplining down a rope to an adjacent silo, thus completing the rescue. Additional training was also given on rappelling down the sides of buildings by climbing down the side of one of the silos.
There is an ongoing relationship between CEMEX and the firefighters and first responders in Hernando County. The company’s Brooksville plant also hosted the firefighters for an elevator rescue training drill earlier in the year. First responders are scheduled to visit the plant again in January, in order to hold classes alerting CEMEX employees of the risks of confined spaces. This will form part of the company’s annual safety week.
“CEMEX has been 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 with unique resources,” said Alberto Calleros, Plant Manager at CEMEX’s Brooksville South cement plant.
“CEMEX has always been a great community partner with Hernando County Fire Rescue, and they are also tremendous advocates for public safety in general,” said Kevin Carroll, Deputy Chief of Hernando County Fire Rescue. “We are extremely grateful for CEMEX’s support in helping us achieve our training goals and objectives, especially when it comes to our speciality rescue teams. We truly appreciate its longstanding commitment to Hernando Country and Hernando County Fire Rescue.”
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