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Dubuque FD gets unique training at new trampoline park

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The newest trampoline park to open in Eastern Iowa is giving local firefighters a chance for some pretty unique training.

A dozen Dubuque Firefighters have spent time in the foam pits of the Vertical Jump Park at Kennedy Mall in Dubuque, which just opened this week.

The training came as an invitation from the park's owners, who wanted them to be prepared in the event that something goes wrong.

"They're prepared, we're prepared, and we want to make sure everyone is safe and sound, and we feel like everyone is on the same page and ready to go," said Brent Fortner, one of the owners.

For the firefighters, it's a chance to get into a different environment that they're used to seeing and working in.

"Just getting in the pit, trying to move things around, trying to figure out what's the best way to get someone out of that obstacle," said Mark Ludescher of the Dubuque Fire Department about what went on during that training.

It also gives them a chance to practice a rescue that's similar to other rescue situations they might see in the area.

"It's like having an engulfment hazard, like grain or water, you kinda have to work with how you're getting in there and how you're moving the patient. You can't move as freely, so it's nice to experience it once before you have to do it in real life," said Ludescher.

He says they plan to continue training there in the future, including another group early next week.

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