Fire crews practice drills at Boise State

Posted at 5:35 PM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 20:06:22-04

Firefighters from multiple districts across southern Idaho worked on a high-rise rescue and drill operation at Boise State University. The drill focused on communication, accountability, basic tactics and lobby functions.

Most firefighting equipment can reach around 7 stories high.  Boise has at least 16 buildings that are more than 10 stories high.  There are many more buildings that are 7 stories are higher.  Those numbers seem set to keep on growing.  

Fire departments train for high-rise fires regularly, and they say this session was to help them keep an edge they've hard-earned.

"We put a strong emphasis on physical fitness, and now we're just putting tactics and strategies into work with to make it all that much better," said Chris Campbell, Captain of Engine 5 with the Boise Fire Department.