Radio Dispatchers are "often the forgotten link of the whole emergency system."
That comment from Danville Fire Lt. Rich Ervin. And this weekend's fire training in Vermilion County finds firefighters training – with dispatchers – to rescue one of their own.
Firefighters will use the demolition of a home to practice rescuing one of their own. One or two victims will come up lost, according to the scenario. A 'Search & Rescue' Team will go in and locate a downed fireman, cut him/her free, and provide an emergency air supply before removing the person from the building.
Lt. Ervin said the dispatchers provide vital, always-important info and communication for the responders.