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Multiple southeast MO response crews train at Drury Lodge

Crews gather the Thursday morning of training. (Source: Jasmine Dell) Crews gather the Thursday morning of training. (Source: Jasmine Dell)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Multiple southeast Missouri crews trained at the Drury Lodge on Thursday, January 14.

The Sikeston Department of Public Safety, Special Operations Group, Jackson Fire Department, Cape Girardeau Technical Rescue Team and the SEMO Bomb Team trained at the Drury Lodge.

The crews trained on explosive breaching and structural collapse.

Once a month crews come together to train for the homeland security response team.

However, training on a large structure, like the Drury Lodge, only happens once or twice a year for the Cape Girardeau Fire Department.

"We only get to do this maybe once or twice a year but to have a building, an actual building, that we can work with, that we have to cut through walls and breach walls things like that very seldom do we have that opportunity," Battalion Chief Brad Dillow said.

One firefighter and paramedic, Jason Poole, said that the training was "awesome."

"Well if we ever had a real collapse situation you know I have all the faith and trust in all with the guys I work with,” Poole said. “It definitely helps pick who's better with what type of operations. One guy may be better making access with the jack hammers, one guy may be better operating the cameras and some guys are better with the power tools, shoring up windows and walls.”

Crews take this training and opportunity very seriously.

"God forbid if we do have a situation that we have to pull these tools out and use them, we do know how to use them; just great hands on operations. There's no other way getting the training than getting your hand on the tools and working with them," Poole said.

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