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First responders train for trench collapses, rescues

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First responders gathered for a special training session Thursday morning and thankfully that session was just a drill.

Trench collapses can be deadly, and increased industry presence in the area definitely means one thing: more trenches.

The training drill allowed first responders to demonstrate and practice the techniques needed to respond to trench-related emergencies.

For organizers, the goal was simple: to save lives.

"This is one of the most dangerous, hazardous jobs that can be done," said Mario Vasquez with National Trench Safety, which helped organize the event. "Across the country, we're losing too many people, every year. And so we're trying to bring awareness to the community to let them know that this is happening and to prevent it from happening."

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there were 22 trench-related deaths in 2016; that's more than 2014 and 2015 combined.

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