Rescue training in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- If you drove by the Frost Building on Highway 397 today, you might have been a little alarmed by a training session.

The Kennewick Fire Department was out practicing pulling victims out of collapsed construction ditches.

The crews simulated a cave-in and then shored up the sides of the hole. They practiced pulling a dummy out and administering CPR.

Those in charge say this training is critical.

"It's a low-frequency, High-risk operation. This doesn't happen very often, but when it does, it's really really risky to both the victim and to us, so the only way to practice it is to dig a hole and actually practice like it is," says Captain Brian Cole.

Pasco and Richland also sent firefighters to the training. Officials say these drills are getting harder to arrange because of shrinking budgets.