"This is the bag we took up on the roof with us that carried all the equipment that we needed," said one of the Sarasota County fire officials, as the crew from stations one and eight recount the heroic actions from the Vue Condominium rescue.
"I was actually the rescuer who went over the edge and was lowered down to the patient," said Paul Zaller, a firefighter special operations team member.
Zaller climbed down the side of the 17 story building to rescue the construction worker hanging 170 feet in the air.
"He was backed up and had his hands on one of the other cables and his feet on the sides. Station one, who was there first, had to lower down a safety line and he was able to clip into that," added Zaller.
It's believed that a scaffolding failure caused the incident and initially there were two people hanging on for dear life.
"They were doing some construction work on a scaffolding. On that scaffolding one of the lines either snapped or came apart somehow and when that happened those two personnel were trapped on the scaffolding," said Sarasota County Fire Chief Michael Regnier. "Prior to our arrival one of the victims was raised by other construction personnel," added Regnier.
The second victim was trapped for about an hour as crew put all the safety harnesses required for the rescue in place. The men behind that process said there was a lot do.
"We have a playbook with everything that we need to do. Obviously you have a heightened sense of awareness and we know exactly what we need to do, so it's just going through those steps one at a time," said Steve Rose.
Zaller says he also had a heightened sense of awareness as he hung off the 17 story building. "To fall from that height, there would be no survival, so were all just thankful that the rescue went well and he's ok."
Sarasota Fire Officials say they went through hundreds of hours of training to be prepared for a situation like this and they stress that this wasn't just one person but a group effort.