- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) - This time it was practice for Las Vegas firefighters rescuing someone trapped in a suffocating curtain of palm fronds high above the ground.

In a training demonstration prompted by the recent deaths of two tree trimmers in North Las Vegas, firefighters braved scorpions, black widow spiders and mice on Thursday to reach a mannequin trapped in a palm tree.

Las Vegas firefighter Ray Stigner tells KSNV-TV (https://bit.ly/1EuefTs ) that once he’s up the tree, he works fast with a chain saw because a trapped landscaper could have hundreds of pounds of fronds pressing in.

Once the fronds were removed, the mannequin was lowered to the ground in a harness.

Tree trimmers suffocated Jan. 11 and Dec. 22 in separate but similar palm tree trimming accidents in North Las Vegas.

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Information from: KSNV-TV, https://www.mynews3.com/index.php

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