Phoenix firefighters train on search and rescue techniques on concrete rubble pile

PHOENIX - Phoenix firefighters trained Tuesday in a simulation similar to what rescue technicians encountered on Sept. 11, 2001, according to Phoenix Fire Department officials.

The Arizona Task Force 1 team worked on the rubble after the World Trade Center collapses for several days after 9/11, officials say.

At the Special Operation Center in South Phoenix, technicians trained on a rubble pile used to train search dogs and firefighters across the Valley on search and rescue techniques.

The trainees used hydraulic chainsaws, rotary saws and drills to drill holes through concrete walls, officials say. These holes allow for the use of search cameras to find potential trapped victims.

The training also covered the use of a cutting torch fueled by oxygen and gasoline for cutting away entangled metal, according to fire officials. 

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