COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - For many people, calling 911 is the moment that they let first responders take over, and today Columbus Fire and EMS gave people a peek into how they manage some of the calls they go on.
They held a public demonstration at their new training tower.
It was open to the public so that people could see behind the scenes for everything from simple rescues to intense situations that call for special skills.
"One of the things that we wanted the general public to see is just how manpower intensive a lot of these special operations are, whether it's fighting a house fire or conducting a rope rescue operation," said Fire Department and EMS Chief Ricky Shores. "It takes a tremendous team of highly skilled individuals to pull off these kind of rescue operations."
Firefighters and EMS personnel have to undergo more than 100 training hours a year to prepare for what they face day in and day out as they service the community.