Victoria firefighter injured during training

Feb. 14, 2012 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 14, 2012 at 8:15 p.m.

A Victoria Fire Department firefighter was injured about 11 a.m. Tuesday during a rappelling training exercise.

"Our first concern is for our injured firefighter," said Victoria Fire Department Chief Taner Drake. "The injury appears to be serious, but not life-threatening."

The training was part of a re-certification exercise for members of the High Angle Rescue Team. The injured firefighter is a member of that specially trained unit.

The firefighter fell an estimated 30 feet while rappelling down the side of a building. He was treated immediately by other firefighters who were on hand and rushed to DeTar Hospital Navarro.

"We will evaluate our techniques and safety procedures during rappelling exercises to prevent this from happening again, but for now, our thoughts and concerns are with our injured fireman," Drake said.

Additional information, including the firefighter's name and length of employment, were not released by the department.



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