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Quincy firefighters participate in plane crash simulation

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Quincy fire fighters trained all Friday morning, for one of the most high-pressure situations they could ever encounter, a plane crash.

And while you think this may never happen, the recent plane crash in Lewis County is a reminder that firefighters need to keep their skills sharp, even though the likelihood of this happening is remote.

The flames and smoke in today's simulation were very real, and they had to be, to give firefighters a realistic depiction of what dealing with a plane crash would be like.

It's is the type of situation fire fighters hope they never run in to.

A plane has crashed, and the fuel tank has exploded leaving puddles of fuel on fire surrounding the plane.

And there are still two passengers trapped inside, something fire fighter Chris Patterson says is a moment you need to be trained for.

"It's probably one of the most intense experiences a fire fighter could have because there could be anywhere from 10 victims to 150 victims, it's kind of overwhelming at times and this is why we train so we can handle that situation and handle it efficiently," said Patterson.

To get to the victims, fire fighters must work in two teams.

One team works to extinguish the fuel fire, clearing a path for the second team that rescues the victims.

But sometimes, Captain Mark Bigelow says that's easier said than done.

"We like to go through what we normally be considered a normal entrance, you know every aircraft has got some sort of a door. So we make one entry that way, if it happens to be that entry were blocked, there's always usually a second way in an emergency hatch," said Bigelow.

Captain Bigelow says it's simulations like this, that let his crew prepare for the worst.

It's like everything else we do with our job, unless you train on it, and keep up on it and periodically do this, it's pretty easy to lose those skills," said Bigelow. 

This won't be the only time firefighters train for situations like this.

Captain Bigelow says they go through monthly air craft rescue training sessions.

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