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Grand Island Fire Department practice search and rescue scenarios
A couple of times a year, the Grand Island Fire Department holds real life training exercises with real homes and real scenarios.
The department is able to do that thanks in part to Habitat for Humanity who allow crews to use the home before it's torn down to make room for new homes.
With the alarms sounding, fire crews are in search of one of their own. With blacked out masks and full fire gear, it's real life training with real life scenarios.
"We try and put as much furniture as we can in there, just try and make it like a real house," said Bryan Stutzman, Captain, Grand Island Fire Department.
A few times a year, the Grand Island Fire Department holds the Rapid Intervention Training.
"Their sole purpose is if a fire fighter calls a mayday that team goes in and finds, assesses the problem and then they extricate the fire fighter out of the building," said Stutzman.
Fire fighters say it's something they don't like to think about, but it's something they need to be prepared for.
John–"In real life, it's very hard because it's one of your brothers that's in there and that's the reason we go through it so many times," said John Hogmire, G.I. Fire Department.
The exercise took just minutes to complete, rescuing a real life fire fighter.
Bryan–"It's almost needs to be a second nature, you're in an atmosphere that's super–heated, unable to see hardly a couple inches in front of your face, that's about all you're able to see," said Stutzman.
Another training exercise will be held on Friday. That's when the fire department will burn down a house geared towards the newest firefighters, giving them first–hand experience fighting fires.
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