GREEN BAY - It's all about firefighter survival in a real life situation.
The Green Bay Metro Fire Department is conducting training exercises this week and next.
Firefighters say this training is key to keeping up their skills for situations that may arise while fighting a blaze.
The fire department used an empty two-story building, owned by the adjacent Cliff Wall car dealership, on East Mason Street.
Crews went inside the structure with their eyes covered to mimic limited visibility.
They practiced how to breach a wall in case they get disoriented in a room, get blocked off by a fire, or a door is locked.
Firefighters say the training is essential to their own safety when fighting a fire.
"The reason we breach a wall to go into another room, we're hoping that that's a safe room. That that's an area that has no fire involvement, is out of the collapse area, because if a first collapse has happened, a possible second collapse could happen and then we could become trapped and entangled in the debris," said firefighter Karl Markhardt.
Green Bay fire officials say situations where crews need to breach a wall don't come up too often.
However, if they do, firefighters need to be able to do it successfully and without hesitation.
All members of the Green Bay Metro Fire Department are taking part in the training.
Another training exercise will take place on Friday.
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