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 justas fresh on first responders mind as it was the day that it happened and italways will be," said director of operations at Medic One, Tim Brickell. He said they will forget thisday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brickell hasbeen in emergency services for 32 years and said it takes a special person todo this job.

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

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

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

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