If you're hiking or enjoying the hills and suffer a serious injury, it's these men and women that will know what to do.
National Guard, US Forest Service fire fighters & Black Hills Life Flight personnel ran through a mock situation to prepare for emergency situations Wednesday.
Firefighters learned how to communicate with helicopters...as well as get someone injured out of the woods and on the way to a hospital.
Great Plains Inter-agency Dispatch Center Manager Sheri Fox says exercises like this may someday make the difference in a real emergency... It could mean life or death, "When your adrenaline starts going, its quick going & hard to think, so if they've had a little bit of training and a little bit of exercise in it hopefully it will come a little more naturally." Cory Neuharth of the BLM South Dakota Field Office reinforced Fox's thoughts, "When you have somebody else's life in your hands or the timing might change the fact of things a little bit."
The drills Wednesday like this help point out the weaknesses and obstacles that could come up in responding to an actual emergency.