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Clark County firefighters conduct rescue training hundreds of feet above ground

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a clear blue sky: High Roller Observation Wheel in Las Vegas (courtesy) © Erik Kabik Photography/ erikkabi

High Roller Observation Wheel in Las Vegas (courtesy)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Local firefighters conducted rescue training 550 feet above ground on Wednesday.

The Clark County Fire Department had several firefighters training at the High Roller observation wheel on the Las Vegas Strip.

Thomas Touchstone, deputy chief of operations for the Clark County Fire Department, says these skills can be used to rescue people from the attraction or similar situations such as a hotel window.

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"It's very similar in nature to rescuing a window washer or a construction worker who has taken a fall," Touchstone said.

Captain Rafael Espinoza added that the training is an exercise in trusting their peers and building confidence in both the rescuer and the victim.

"When we go out there, it's really a lot of muscle memory. Just going and trusting our equipment and training," Espinoza said.

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