Laughlin firefighters conduct extraction exercise
By Staff Sgt, Austin May, 47 FTW Public Affairs
/ Published January 08, 2007
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.