First responders prepare at Crisis City

First responders train at Crisis City in Salina. (KSN File Photo)
First responders train at Crisis City in Salina. (KSN File Photo)

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SALINA, Kansas – Rescue professionals from across the state are getting the chance to train and prepare for when disaster strikes.

The second day of the sixth annual Kansas Technical Rescue Conference took place at Crisis City in Salina.
More than 125 students and instructors converged on the site to practice a variety of emergency rescue tactics.  The site simulated what would happen if a large building had collapsed.
Classes included Breach and Break, Shoring Operations, Cut and Burn and K-9 Search and Rescue.
Lieutenant Colonel Dirk Christian with the Kansas Army National Guard says that the event offers first-rate hands on training that you couldn’t get anywhere else.
“That’s the reason we built Crisis City about five years ago, so we can all come together in a place that is specially built to hold a conference like this,” said Christian.
It’s a sentiment echoed by Fire Captain Bill Schneider with the Olathe Fire Department.
“There’s nothing else like this in the state of Kansas and it’s our opportunity to come out here and train with the tools in a calm, nice environment,” said Schneider.
More classes will held on Thursday, including a rope rescue, as the three-day conference concludes.
Crisis City opened in October of 2009 and is operated by the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.
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