Missoula firefighters train for emergency situations


MISSOULA, Mont. - Thursday afternoon Missoula firefighters trained on the campus of the University of Montana.

A crew of firefighters practiced safe evacuation of an injured person from Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

Crews tell NBC Montana the idea is to prepare for real-life emergency situations in a variety of settings; today's training was 'close quarters.'

Every month a rescue team of 20 Missoula Fire Department firefighters prepare for different scenarios so they can act as quickly as possible in an emergency situation.

One crew member tells us the training is a great way to seek out possible hazards beforehand.

"We had a call here at Washington-Grizzly Stadium a while back, similar to the call that we operated on today," said senior firefighting paramedic Philip Keating.  "So we went through that simulation and worked it out with the rescue group."

Keating tells us next month the fire department will burn down a house for fire structure training and they will be preparing for the start of summer swift water training as well.

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