Highland Pierron Fire Department Receives Training

Six members of the Highland Pierron Fire District completed a 40-hour training course earlier this month at the Illinois Fire Service Institute in Champaign. The focus of the course was rope operations.

Highland-Pierron Fire Chief Steve Plocher told WGEL the training consisted of a lot of grain bin rescue. Ropes and harnesses are needed for many of these rescues.

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Chief Plocher said any rescue with ropes takes teamwork by firefighters.

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Attending the training were Danny Ramsey, Zack Jenny, Steve Durbin, Jason Bange, Dan Hochuli, and Ryan Dumstorff.

Chief Plocher said the department currently has a roster of 39 firefighters,