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Laughlin firefighters conduct extraction exercise

LAUGHLIN AFB, Texas -- Laughlin firefighters gingerly carry a simulated victim involved in an exercise building collapse down a flight of stairs Jan 8.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin M. May)

LAUGHLIN AFB, Texas -- Laughlin firefighters gingerly carry a simulated victim involved in an exercise building collapse down a flight of stairs Jan 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin M. May)

LAUGHLIN AFB, Texas -- Staff Sgt. Jonathan Chambers, Laughlin Fire Department, shouts orders to other firefighters assisting him in the extrication of a simulated victim from a pile of debris in an exercise involving a collapsed building Jan 8.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin M. May)

LAUGHLIN AFB, Texas -- Staff Sgt. Jonathan Chambers, Laughlin Fire Department, shouts orders to other firefighters assisting him in the extrication of a simulated victim from a pile of debris in an exercise involving a collapsed building Jan 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin M. May)

LAUGHLIN AFB, Texas -- Staff Sgt. Jonathan Chambers, Laughlin Fire Department, carefully pulls a simulated victim from a pile of debris in an exercise involving a collapsed building Jan 8.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin M. May)

LAUGHLIN AFB, Texas -- Staff Sgt. Jonathan Chambers, Laughlin Fire Department, carefully pulls a simulated victim from a pile of debris in an exercise involving a collapsed building Jan 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin M. May)

LAUGHLIN AFB, Texas -- Airman 1st Class Joseph Rizzitello, Laughlin Fire Department, cuts through wooden pallets to reach a simulated victim in an exercise involving a collapsed building Jan 8.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin M. May)

LAUGHLIN AFB, Texas -- Airman 1st Class Joseph Rizzitello, Laughlin Fire Department, cuts through wooden pallets to reach a simulated victim in an exercise involving a collapsed building Jan 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Austin M. May)

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- A number of Laughlin firefighters participated in an exercise involving a simulated building collapse with a trapped victim today.

The simulated call for help involved a building which was being prepared for demolition, and as the final worker was on his way out, the roof collapsed and pinned him inside, said William Phaneuf, station chief.

"The resources in this situation were limited," he said. "Our rescue truck is currently in the shop."

Mr. Phaneuf, who has been at Laughlin for about two months, said the training prepares the firefighters for real-world situations.

"This may not be a real world situation right now, but these scenarios still get the guys working together and builds teamwork," he said.