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Yakima Firefighters Rescue One of Their Own During Training Exercises

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Yakima Firefighters handled a "mayday" situation Wednesday. But don't worry, it was just a drill. Yakima Firefighters handled a "mayday" situation Wednesday. But don't worry, it was just a drill.

YAKIMA, WA - Yakima Firefighters handled a "mayday" situation Wednesday. But don't worry, it was just a drill.

Firefighters said it's a rare opportunity to use a big and intact structure like the Wilson Building.

Wednesday's exercise consisted of a simulated scenario where firefighters enter a building with light smoke inside. Firefighters said while inside they become disoriented, lost and start running out of breathing air. They're forced to rely on other crew members to get them to safety.

Firefighters said the drill is based on an actual incident that took place ten years ago in Arizona.

"Everyone ran out of air, one died," said Captain Tom Schneider. "It's very taxing on the fire department when you have rescuers go down. It pretty much diverts your attention to that."

Firefighters said the goal of Wednesday's training is not only to educate crews members on how to handle this type of situation, but also to train to prevent this situation from ever happening.

Yakima, Union Gap, West Valley and Training Center fire departments all participated in the exercise.