Duluth Firefighters Get Unique Hands-On Training

By KBJR News 1

June 10, 2013 Updated Jun 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth Firefighters are getting hands-on mock training to better prepare for real-life emergencies.

Monday, firefighters underwent a rigorous training in an abandoned East Hillside home.

The training is a partnership with St.Luke's which gives firefighters the tools to better prepare themselves for dangerous situations.

Firefighters say this simulated exercise is one of the best ways to prepare for some of the most challenging life-saving calls.

"We can train in our fire stations over and over again, but we know those buildings like the back of our hands and these buildings are new, they're different. We can do limited destructive things that in there that we can't do at our fire station, which is really nice," said Andy Golz, Duluth Firefighter.

Monday's rare unrestricted access gave the firefighters extensive bailout and search rope training, something that's not typical firefighting training procedure.