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Rapid City firefighters get structure collapse training

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Some homes, businesses, and schools collapsed during the October 4th blizzard. On Friday, Rapid City firefighters trained to stabilize buildings after a collapse.

Firefighters were hard at work preventing the building from collapsing. It's all part of a training exercise for the fire department's Technical Rescue Team.  

"When we do have possibility of structure collapse, maybe from another larger winter storm, they can go in, make the building stable and rescue any victims that they need to get out," said Calen Maningas, Public Information Officer for the Rapid City Fire Department.

They worked on the inside of the building, using wood frames to hold up stairs, ceilings, and doorways.  

"So it could stabilize the building and allow them to safely make entry so the building won't collapse on them," said Maningas.

Those participating say this exercise is great preparation. 

"Everything would change if it was a real life situation but I think having the practice really helps with being able to do it when the time comes," said Mike Cronin, a firefighter for the Rapid City Fire Department.

The Technical Rescue Team does many other types of practical exercises as well.  

"We do this type of training, confined space, vertical rescue, all the different situations we might run into," said Cronin.

During the recent blizzard many roofs collapsed, so firefighters say this exercise comes at the perfect time.  

"If we do have another storm where building may collapse due to snow weight these guys will be able to go in and ensure life safety," said Maningas.  

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