An Omaha firefighter candidate who plummeted 35 feet to the ground Friday during a training exercise suffered internal and external injuries, but was in stable condition.
Omaha Battalion Fire Chief Tim McCaw declined to comment on the seriousness of the injuries.
"We train to make a dangerous job a little safer," McCaw said. "Our thoughts are going out to his family."
The man was performing a search-and-rescue drill to locate a small child dummy when he fell out of a third-story window at the Rainwood Training Center. The accident happened about 12:15 p.m.
The man, whose name is not available, was a first-year probationary firefighter candidate and was hired on July 23, 2012. The exercise was part of a 16-week training period.
McCaw said it is unknown why the window was open or what caused the fall. The man was in the room with his partner and two training officers.
"This is the first training accident we have had in a while," McCaw said. "There is an inherent risk. Firefighting itself is dangerous. The training is dangerous. We try to do it in a controlled environment."