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Practice Makes Perfect; SFFR Train for Rescue



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With a smoldering car on the roof, a team from the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue huddled together, waiting for their turn to tackle the "Pittsburgh Drill", a drill that puts teamwork and communication to the test.  A 150 lb dummy is dressed in full fire fighting gear.  The team is timed and must squeeze their way down a narrow tunnel, while blinded, find the dummy, and return him to safety.
 
Brian Kringstad, of the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, was still winded from the drill. 

"Structure fires are what we do; it's our bread and butter.  Drills like today are very, very helpful.  Very task orientated,” Kringstad said.
 
To know that the person next to them has trained to rescue another firefighter, gives assurance to the men and women that they are surrounded by the right people.

 
Kringstad added, "We put our lives in each other's hands every day, we really do.  Doing a drill like this, knowing that we're all capable of helping each other, is really important.  It's a good feeling."
 
With the timer running, each team is in competition for the quickest time to save the simulated victim.  Eight minutes and eleven seconds was the score today.  That’s quick, but still a drill that is as tiring as a visit to the gym.
 
As one group leaves, happy with their times and the training they worked on, another group of firefighters arrives. 

It's all about building skills and communication, but a little competition for dinner is always a bonus.


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