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Agencies train for tree worker rescues


Last updated 6/12/2008 at Noon

North County Fire Battalion Chief Steve Abbott (right) listens as Brian Bishop, owner of Bishop

FALLBROOK — On Wednesday, June 4, North County Fire Protection District, Pala Fire and Bishop’s Tree Service conducted a training exercise for emergency workers to gain more expertise in rescuing tree trimmers in incidents involving palm trees.

On-site while the training took place was Rich Magargal, a 45-year veteran certified tree worker who has decades of experience trimming palm trees.

Magargal, the author of an article entitled “Beware the Hidden Dangers of Palms,” says there is a distinct danger that a tree trimmer can be suffocated beneath a skirt of dead fronds when trimmi...

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