Bismarck Fire Department gets building collapse training facility

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The Bismarck Fire Department just got a new training prop to prepare them for dealing with a building collapse.

The department recycled discarded concrete culverts and slabs to simulate a collapse and train first responders to work in tight spaces with jack hammers and saws.

"Our firefighters are really jacks of all trades. We don't know what we're going to go to the next day, we don't know what our next call is going to be, we don't know what our next run is going to be. So we've really got to have an ability to do a lot of different skills and a lot of different things, and this is one of the things when we look at rescue operations that we need to be able to do is look at how we'd be able to get in to someone who is trapped in a situation," said Battalion Chief Brooks Martin.

Crews come to Bismarck from across the state to train at this new facility.