TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A training scenario simulated the effects of an EF1 tornado at Muscatatuck Urban Training Base.
"Sometimes, you forget you're in an exercise environment. That's how real it gets," said District Four Task Force Commander Jeff Houston. "There's bleeding, there's screaming. These folks are in here, they've been in here all day, they want out, and it's up to us to get them out."
Houston said it's a training exercise his team didn't want to miss.
"Teams from out of the country come in here and train," said Houston. "As you can see, it's an unbelievable training facility that they have down here."
That's because it's all focused on real life scenarios. During Tuesday's training, members of District Four were dispatched to a collapsed building.
Inside were six victims, but Houston said getting to those victims can often be challenging.
"You can't walk in the front door, because the front door is gone," said Houston. "So, we have to go in through a wall, and that's what they're trying to do now."
While some were performing rescues on land, others were in the water, working to rescue stranded residents from their flooded homes.
It's a job Tippecanoe County Emergency Management Director Director Smokey Anderson said doesn't just look tough from the shore.
"They have all kinds of obstacles underwater, real life type obstacles like mailboxes and cars and fire hydrants and those kinds of things that we have to maneuver around," said Anderson.
This is the fifth time District Four has taken part in the training. It's a grant funded training program, and Houston said it's a program they'll continue to be a part of.
"That's the whole idea of this place," said Houston. "To come down here with your local departments, District Task Forces, and get training that departments can't afford back home."
The task force will return home to Tippecanoe County on Thursday.
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