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Firefighters get life-like training thanks to UIHC simulator

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Local firefighters are getting some hands on very life-like training.

It's coming from a Mobile Emergency Simulation Lab from the University of Iowa Hospital.

Cedar Rapids firefighters are training with the lab for a few days.

The mannequin used looks and acts at times like a real person.

"It can move it's head, it can breath, it has a pulse, it has a blood pressure," says Matt Kunkle, Cedar Rapids EMS Training Captain.

The lab gives a more realistic medical training than the fire department would normally get.

"It makes it a lot more realistic for the guys. The mannequins we have here they don't breath, they don't move, they don't do a whole lot they're just almost like mannequins you would find in a store,"  Kunkle tells us.

Scenarios are given allowing the fire crews to respond.

They're lessons used each and every day on the job.

"Medical calls are over 60% of our calls, the guys, every day they're using the skills that they're honing in there," Kunkle says.

Friday will be the last day of this training but we are told the hope is that the department will see it again in the future.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department trains for medical response every month.

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