An Omaha car dealership turned into a fire rescue scene Friday morning, but only for training purposes.
The Omaha Fire Department partnered with Lexus of Omaha, using its old building at 132nd Street and West Dodge Road to learn how to ventilate, enter and pull off a rescue in a commercial-type building.
The building is set to be demolished in a few days, so it presented a unique opportunity to get some hands-on experience. “What they're doing now behind me is what's called forcible entry, so a lot of times the structures we encounter are locked up, so we force our way into it as a way to advance our hose lines, so they're creating an entry point here,” said OFD Capt. Tim McCaw.
Once inside, they also did some search and rescue training. After the building comes down, a new building will go up for the dealership.