Special Rescue Training

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It's back to school time for local firefighters, but rather than riding the school bus, they're tearing it apart bit by bit in order to safely evacuate all those on board.

The urban search and rescue squad is sweating it out at high noon. Using hydraulic tools, the firefighters rip open the bus like a can of sardines. It's hands-on training with real-life consequences.

Todd Pierce of the Quincy Fire Department says, “When we do have an accident [we’re] able to gain access quicker than before training.”

Pierce says the worst thing in the world is to answer a call and not know what to do, but that won't be the case for this USR squad.

Firefighters will be back at it again on Thursday as the extrication phase of training wraps up in Tallahassee.