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Workers, first responders participate in tree rescue training

Posted at 10:05 PM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-11 01:10:32-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — After a man was rescued from a 25-foot palm tree in North Las Vegas, tree care professionals along with first responders shared specialized training Friday afternoon.

Organizers said tree work is one of the most dangerous in the field, because of the height and possible instability of the trees.

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Experts at the event also said workers and firefighters need to know how to react along with being on the same page.

"We had two fatalities last year in trees, and when firefighters come, they are used to burning buildings. So, this is very important," said First Choice Tree CEO Tony Valenti.

Organizers say they plan to hold continued training and stressed the most tree-related deaths are homeowners trying to landscape themselves.

Experts also said to get professional landscapers to help with trees over 6 feet tall.