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Firefighters practice rescue techniques at Paso Robles building set to be demolished

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Posted at 5:41 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 21:22:43-04

The Paso Robles and Atascadero fire departments practiced rescue training Wednesday in a building set to be demolished.

The building on Oak Street in Paso Robles needs to be demolished before the new Boys and Girls Club can be built, so fire crews took advantage of that by practicing their rescue skills.

In particular, they trained for situations in which they can't get through a door.

"We have a drill that we can drill through the cement and use a search camera, so we're practicing that today," explained Capt. Robby Smith, Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services. "We're using our heavy breaker to chip through the concrete and we're also using our saw over on the other court to do a big cut to cut through the wall itself."

The Joint Technical Rescue Team from the two fire departments practice techniques like this every month and say they couldn't train without these soon-to-be-demolished structures.