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Posted on: October 3, 2023

East Lansing Fire Department to Participate in Confined Space Rescue Exercise

East Lansing Fire Department truck

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Fire Department (ELFD) will take part in a confined space rescue exercise on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the old Lansing Eastern High School, 220 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Lansing. 

The City of Lansing’s Office of Emergency Management is the host of the functional exercise. Participating along with them and ELFD are the City of Lansing Fire Department, Sparrow Hospital and Ingham County 911 Central Dispatch. 

The scenario for the training exercise has been created to achieve Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certification. In the training scenario, two maintenance workers have gone into the tunnel beneath a building to repair the building’s steam pipes. As the scenario progresses, the maintenance workers become unresponsive and are not answering their cell phones, leading their supervisor to initiate an emergency response.

This training aims to provide participants with an opportunity to assess capabilities, plans, policies and procedures. The goal is to hone decision-making, coordination and integration between the jurisdictions and organizations during a confined space rescue. 

Community members with questions may contact Lansing Fire Department Emergency Management Captain Jason Stevens at (517) 483-5345 or by email at

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