Texas school for blind trains firefighters
The school and firefighters created a 'firefighter down' situation training assignment designed to strengthen other senses besides vision
By Ignacio Garcia
AUSTIN, Texas — Fire calls are the norm for firefighters when it comes to emergency response. They often have to make split-second decisions and be ready for anything at a moment's notice. But no matter how much training firefighters go through, it's hard to be ready when they suddenly lose their sight fighting a fire.
"Vision impairment is a big problem in a lot of scenes," said firefighter Abram Barrera of the Austin Fire Department . "And we actually had an incident where that became an issue."
That topic came up often when firefighters met for a training session earlier this year.
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