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Firefighters prepare for aerial rescue
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McMinnville Fire Department is going above and beyond, literally, in its efforts to protect city residents.Two firefighters rappelled off the water tower next to Farmers Market on Wednesday, drawing attention from passing motorists. Rappelling is the controlled descent of a vertical drop, such as a rock face, using a rope.“I sent three of my guys to training for this,” said Fire Chief Kendall Mayfield. “Once you send them to training, they have to practice in order not to lose what they’ve learned.