Rescue training under I-70 bridge to close traffic lane Wednesday

Practice scenario will involve firefighters, paramedics

April 10, 2013|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

A technical training exercise for the Howard County Fire and Rescue Services' special operations team to practice high-angle rope rescues will be conducted beneath the bridge that carries Interstate 70 between Howard and Baltimore counties on Wednesday, bringing more than a dozen personnel to the span and shutting one lane to traffic.

"During this exercise, firefighters and paramedics will respond to a practice scenario involving a worker who has experienced a medical emergency while conducting an inspection of the bridge," county officials said in a statement. "The unit will be tasked with responding to the scene and rescuing the person."

More than a dozen firefighters and paramedics will be responding to the bridge during the training, which will occur between 10 a.m. and noon, officials said. Drivers were first warned of the exercise via traffic signs posted in the area Tuesday.

During the exercise, the State Highway Administration will close the right lane of eastbound Interstate 70 prior to the bridge, officials said.

The county's special operations team responds to more than 100 calls per year, officials said. Six since 2011 have required technical rope rescues.

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