PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Members of the Portland Fire Department spent Thursday morning training for natural disasters that could happen here in the state of Maine.
The crew prepared, practiced and learned how to stabilize an unstable building. The technique is called shoring, and the department trained with a shoring equipment expert.
"Maine doesn't have an Urban Search and Rescue Team the closest one to us is a federal team out of Massachusetts, but in order for them to come up here, the earliest they can get here is within 12 hours. If something happens along the region we might have to operate for 24 hours before we see some federal assets," said Michael Nixon, captain of the Portland Fire Department.
This training will allow the department to help it's citizens immediately rather than waiting for federal help. Thursday's training was just for a few hours, but six members of the department will head to Texas this winter to further their education on stabilizing collapsing structures.
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