Duluth Fire Dept. trains for real-life situations

By KBJR News 1

March 14, 2014 Updated Mar 14, 2014 at 5:58 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- Finding potential victims in a smoke filled building is crucial when lives are at risk
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But Firefighters rarely have the opportunity to practice those skills.

On Friday, a training exercise in Duluth provided that opportunity.

The site of the former Midas Auto Service on Central Entrance is scheduled for demolition, but before that happens it provided the setting for some critical Fire fighter training.

Duluth Fire Training Chief Mike Consie said the features of the building are well suited for fire-fighting procedures such as hose advancement, and initial arrival protocol.

Mannequins placed strategically throughout the structure helped them simulate searches in an open-expanse floor plan.

"Most of the time people do self-evacuate, but there are rare occasions where people are unable to evacuate due to disability or just the fact that they were overcome by smoke. It's important to be prepared for those instances because time is very crucial when that happens," said Duluth Fire Training Chief Mike Consie.

More then 130 firefighters took part in the training.
The building was donated by Members Cooperative Credit Union which will be building a new branch at the Central Entrance location.

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