Memphis Firefighters Wrap Up Special Training For Collapsed Structures

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( - A small plane smashed into containers, but it was just a drill. About 30 Memphis firefighters wrapped up nine days of disaster training Thursday, and they focused on dealing with collapsed buildings.

They spent nearly 100 hours removing concrete and debris to rescue victims trapped after an simulated earthquake.

The skills learned during drills like this were put to the test several years ago when a tornado hit Memphis.

"We actually did this exact same thing as a special ops division. We had to do the shoring, the breaching of the concrete, and we were successful in being able to rescue eight people out of that particular building,” says Lt. Carl Schweers, with Memphis Fire, Special Operations.


Members of the special operations response team are required to complete more than 300 hours of training before being accepted into this specialized course.  

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