Sutherland, NE -- Firefighters jobs are already dangerous, but when you are a firefighter at a power plant, it is even more threatening.
To better prepare firefighters, the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) arranged a training course to prepare the fire brigade for situations that can come up in a power plant.
"They're working together as a team. They're practicing that teamwork," said John Shrader, NPPD's Fire Safety Leader.
The basis of the training is to teach the brigade to work together seamlessly. When a situation is as dangerous as a fire or explosion at a power plant, the team needs to work together mechanically, by second nature.
"[The Drills] build camaraderie. It builds teamwork. It builds [an] understanding of each other's limitations," said Shrader.
The course requires that all fire crews wear the equipment they would wear in an emergency. They wear a jacket, a helmet, and a mask.
"Their personal protective gear is really good. As long as they wear it correctly and properly, it's going to provide a large amount of protection. However, we also stress that it's not perfect and it's not going to protect them against everything," Shrader went on.
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