The U.S.S. Lexington was turned into a classroom of sorts on Wednesday as some recruits with the Refinery Terminal Firefighters took part in a special training exercise.
The trainees spent the day practicing how to conduct rescues in confined spaces. Officials said the Lexington's layout made it ideal to practice these exercises.
"Well, inside the plant, RTFC is in charge of Hazmat, fire and rescue situations," said Captain David Dean of the RTFC. "And inside the facility you always have the potential for high angle rescue or a confined space."
"It's a big adrenaline rush, but they teach us the first thing is safety," RTFC Recruit Adriana Cano said. "So we always make sure everything's good from the top to the bottom, to our harnesses, to our care test. Make sure everything is locked."
This is the first year the RTFC has used the U.S.S. Lexington for a training exercise.