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First responders' training has changed since 9/11

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-  On the anniversary of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, the country pays tribute to the first responders who risked their lives to save others.

"It's just as fresh on first responders mind as it was the day that it happened and it always will be," said director of operations at Medic One, Tim Brickell. He said they will forget this day.

"This is something that is very special to first responders , we hold it real dear in our hearts and we think about it all the time," Brickell said. 

He said first responders go through training to help them deal with situations similar to 9-11.

"When everybody else is running out, we are running in," Brickell said. "That's pretty much how it is, that's our job, that's what we were trained to do."

"The training also teaches you that when someone calls for help, it's you they're calling you can't pass it on to someone else," he said.

But after that day, the training has changed for all emergency responders.

"The government has funded a lot of training for first responders, a lot of in depth training as far as a large scale incident,"Brickell said. "After 9/11 we were brought to life that we weren't able to communicate with various departments."

Brickell has been in emergency services for 32 years and said it takes a special person to do this job.

"When we saw what happened we wanted to go there to help just like everyone around the country wanted to go there," he said. "It was just a day that really took us by surprise. We couldn't believe what we were seeing."

"It takes a lot of special people to do that," Brickell said.

Twelve years later, first responders are still suffering when it comes to their health. Over 1,000 responders have been diagnosed with a cancer related to the Sept. 11 attacks because they were exposed to toxins in the air.

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