Mock Emergency Demonstrates Rescue at Harbor Place

Harbor Place at White’s Corner was the scene of a mock emergency Wednesday.

A building under construction at the downtown Harbor Place project on Merrimack Street was the scene for a mock emergency rescue drill Wednesday by the Haverhill Fire Department.

In cooperation with Harbor Place general contractor Dellbrook Construction, and “in the spirit of National Safety Week,” fire and ambulance crews responded, “as if this was a real emergency,” to the six-story “B” building at Harbor Place. Haverhill Fire Training Captain Ray Robinson told WHAV Haverhill engine, rescue and ladder truck crews as well as a crew from Trinity ambulance took part in the drill. He explained the simulation involved a “pick” evacuation of a worker from the building’s fifth floor.

“We did so by back boarding them on the fifth floor with one of our engine companies. And then, attaching safety lines and dropping them with assistance from the ladder crew down our tiller ladder. And, slid the back board down the ‘stick’ – which is the term for an aerial ladder – to the base. And at that point, we brought him down off the vehicle and turned him over to Trinity, who also participated in the drill,” Robinson said.

Nearby businesses were notified of the drill earlier Wednesday morning by e-mail from Economic Development and Planning Director William Pillsbury Jr.