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Merrill rescuers to practice in confined sections of hydroelectric dam

MERRILL, WI (WTAQ) - Rescuers in Merrill are getting a rare opportunity to practice saving people who might get hurt in the obscure confined sections of a hydroelectric dam.

The Wisconsin Public Service utility partially shut down the Merrill Hydro facility for routine maintenance this week. The utility had discussions with fire department officials about training for rescues in the dam's more remote and confined spaces.

Kelly Zagrzebski of Public Service said they'll go in one of the dam's water wheels -- and because the water has been removed, it provides for a unique rescue training opportunity as far as 20 feet down.

Officials say it will also rescuers a unique chance to see more areas of the hydroelectric dam, so they'll know what it looks like during an actual emergency.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)