When we think of firefighters, we picture just that - people out fighting fires.
But, they have a lot of dangerous tasks to take care of that have nothing to do with putting out the flames.
This month, Minot firefighters were training for disasters where no flames or smoke are involved.
A dummy was tossed into the bottom of a trench, and firefighters in training were sent down to tie it up and get it out safely.
When firefighters aren't out on a mission, they spend many long hours performing trial runs like this.
The battalion chief of the Minot Fire Department says that although these kinds of accidents don't happen every day, constant hands on training is worth it to save a life.
(John Krill, Battalion Chief, Minot Fire Dept.) "It has a very low frequency of occurrence, but when something like this does happen, without the proper equipment to shore up a tunnel or shore up a trench where somebody's stuck, we can't go in there safely and we can't get the people out safely and give them a chance to have a fulfilled life."
The training was held at the departments specialized training ground near the airport.