Lexington fire recruits train for building collapses and rescues

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.