Lexington fire recruits train for building collapses and rescues

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Lexington fire recruits preparing for training.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Despite their job title, firefighters handle many emergencies other than fires.

Lexington fire recruits focused their training Thursday on one such emergency, building collapses and rescues.

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“This is the 8th day of training so its eight ten hour days. This is the 8th day of training so they have been beat battered all week long for the last 8 days and today is final scenario where we have a simulated explosion and collapse going on,” Captain Ryan Hogsten said.

Training was held at the department’s facility on Old Frankfort Pike where recruits worked their way around large boulders and various obstacles in order to get to someone in trouble.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.