Posted: August 10, 2018
Last modified: August 10, 2018

To preserve high standards of safety and develop a spirit of teamwork, members of the I-4 Ultimate project helped support a rescue drill run by the Orlando Fire Department (OFD).

The event was part of an effort by OFD firefighters with support from SGL – the joint construction venture of Skanska, Granite and Lane on the I-4 Ultimate project. The goal is to be prepared should it ever become necessary to perform a rescue on a flyover ramp or bridge that is under construction.

First responders practiced dealing with the confined working conditions that can occur during the construction of a flyover ramp. At times, laborers may be inside a work space located between the top and bottom of the elevated roadway.

During the rescue drill on an I-4 ramp in downtown Orlando, OFD used a firetruck with a ladder-and-bucket to rescue a mannequin from one of the confined spaces. OFD summed up the practice drill:

“In an effort to keep our community safe, the Orlando Fire Department remains committed to consistent safety training scenarios and drills. Rescue training provides our personnel with valuable skills in the event should an incident involving a bridge occur. This partnership allows for firefighter rescue tactics to be practiced under realistic conditions while still in a controlled environment.”