WCFD: Training put to good use in elevator rescue

— Submitted photo. Dakota Feickert, above, was one of the Webster City firefighters involved in the elevator rescue last Friday.

This past weekend, the Webster City Fire Department made good on their training exercises.

At approximately 9:18 a.m. last Friday, the WCFD responded to a person trapped in an elevator at 1605 Lynx Ave., Webster City. According to Chuck Stansfield, Webster City fire chief, two separate crews responded to the scene.

Firefighters found the person trapped between the first and second floor. The crews then went to work on returning the elevator to its opening in the basement, before safely extracting the trapped person.

No persons were injured and the time taken to carry out the rescue lasted 10 minutes, Stansfield said. Stansfield also made mention of the training exercises that properly prepared the WCFD for these situations.

“One of the most important things our members do every other Monday is train,” Stansfield said. “We do this so we can respond to all types of emergencies quickly, with the skill and knowledge to mitigate the emergency.”

“WCFD is also committed to outside training events,” Stansfield continued. “One event we send members to each year is the Fire Department Training Conference (in Indianapolis, Indiana). This is the best of the best training firefighters all over the country on how to do their job better.”

Stansfield also praised one of his firefighters, Dakota Feickert, for a job well done.

“(Feickert) attended in 2022 and brought back very good training for our department on elevator rescues,” Stansfield said. “It is because of members like (Feickert) and their dedication, that our department can serve our community. I want to extend a ‘great job’ to (Feickert) and all of WCFD members for their hard work, training and dedication. They always show up.”


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