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Learning the ropes: Fire school teaching more than 500 firefighters rescue training

Andrew Geiser prepares to repel down the side of the parking structure. Aiding Geiser are instructor Rick Miller from the O’Fallon Fire Department, left, and is Jesse Cash of the Columbia Fire Department.

Andrew Geiser prepares to repel down the side of the parking structure. Aiding Geiser are instructor Rick Miller from the O’Fallon Fire Department, left, and is Jesse Cash of the Columbia Fire Department. Photo by Julie Smith.

The classroom training is done; now the practical application of that training begins.

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Firefighters from across the state have gathered in the Capital City this week for the annual Fire and Rescue Training School, held at various locations throughout the city. Thursday afternoon, firefighters worked off the edge of the downtown parking garage as they learned proper repelling technique.

Starting Thursday and running through the weekend, more than 500 firefighters from across the country are taking part in exercises throughout Jefferson City during the annual University of Missouri Summer Fire School.

The most basic training — rope rescue — took place at the Madison Street parking garage Thursday.

Twenty-nine firefighters were in the class, learning basic skills such as tying knots and hooking up lines, to doing rescues with practice dummies on stretchers.

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