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Joplin firefighters learn technique for rescuing people trapped in collapses

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Joplin firefighters learned a technique for rescuing people trapped in collapses on Thursday.

Concrete cylinders represented part of a building with a person trapped inside.

Local firefighters are getting training from the University of Missouri's Fire and Rescue Training Institute.

The department's fire training chief, Andy Nimmo, says Joplin's Special Operations Team would be called out to anywhere in Southwest Missouri, if needed.

"We'll respond anywhere and assist and be able to take the same equipment and training to assist them in those incidents," says Nimmo.

"The possibility for it to happen is always there, but the likelihood of it happening is a small number, so that's where the low frequency comes from," says trainer Les Crews.  "But the actual procedures and the techniques that they're learning and the actual rescues that they do are a very high risk scenario."

About 35 Joplin firefighters are members of the department's Special Operations Unit.
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