Members of the Georgia Search and Rescue organization practiced rescue operations for structural collapse at the Albany Fire Training Center Monday morning.
30-firefighters from Albany, Lee County, Moultrie, Thomas County, Valdosta, and Lowndes County practiced cutting and breaking concrete and metal building materials.
GSAR Task Force Leader Ken Gallagher said "Our idea is to rescue live people. If we go in there and make mistakes and the building collapses further, not only do we endanger the person we are trying to rescue, but the rescuers as well.>
The firefighters will complete the week-long training Thursday and then be certified for G-S-A-R rescue operations.
They'll be the first responders called in for a building collapse.
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