Earthquake simulation; rescuers prepare for disasters

Even though it's not very likely that one will hit near Phoenix, you've got to prepare.

- Even though it's not very likely that one will hit near Phoenix, you've got to prepare.

Phoenix Fire Department Search and Rescue Teams were out training for the big earthquake and showing what they would do if buildings went down trapping people inside.

Fire officials took FOX 10 through a simulation to show us what a disaster search and rescue would like like, and one of the most important tools for rescue teams isn't some fancy equipment, it's found in the instincts of a furry friend.

The rubble piled high and somewhere down below a man was trapped, the Phoenix Fire Department's Technical Rescue Team is answering the call.

For the crews it's a simulation, but for this four-legged team member it might as well be the real thing.

"The dog's just find the best scent coming out and they let out a bark so we know without a doubt they found what they're looking for," said Capt. John Deen.

Firefighters want to remind the public to have a safety plan, which includes checking your home and making sure it is structurally sound.

"You live in Arizona, we don't have a lot of natural disasters, so it's very easy to be very relaxed, so when one of these things happen we don't know what may happen," said Capt. Ardell Deliz.

Often the first step to finding survivors is unleashing the dogs, the dog is trained to ignore people working, instead sniffing out the rubble for someone buried underneath.

"All we are doing is playing a game of hide and seek," said Capt. Deen.

Man's best friend playing a game that just might help save a life.

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