Farmington Fire Department trains for structural emergencies

Posted at: 03/27/2013 6:39 PM
Updated at: 03/27/2013 6:40 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Firefighters don't just show up to fires, they're expected to show up to all types of emergencies. Sometimes they have to make sure they'll be safe when they go into a building to perform a rescue.

An abandoned building is used by the Farmington Fire Department for hands on training.

Wedenesday they practiced building collapse during urban search and rescue.

This kind of training hasn't been taught in a while making it even more important for fire fighters to have the basic knowledge.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 watched as firefighters learned how to stabilize a building where they need to perform a rescue.  Each structure is put together piece by piece and then placed either on the outside of the building, or brought into the structure and put together inside.

But even though these kinds of situations don't happen often, when they do, it can become a dangerous situation.

"Several years ago we had a patient that was driving a vehicle. He had a seizure and drove his truck into the corner of a building. What that did was knock down two sides of the building," said Fire Captain Tom Anderson.

The process is sometimes time consuming and the biggest obstacle is getting the structure built fast enough in an emergency situation.

"It's always an issue and we definitely just have to take our time with it but there's no good way around it,” said Battalion Chief Nick Mrzlak.

But taking their time is important for the safety of victims and the fire fighters.