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Virginia Beach has played host to a nationwide group of search-and-rescue experts this week, who are sharpening skills such as this one for rescuing people from collapsed buildings. (Photo Courtesy Virginia Beach Fire Department)

Virginia Beach firefighters have been brushing up all week on how to rescue people when a building collapses.

The Virginia Beach Fire Department and Virginia Beach-based Virginia Task Force 2 have been hosting an annual Structural Collapse Team Training Event this week, with representatives from all 28 of the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s Urban Search and Rescue Teams, including Task Force 2, according to a release. Attendees also came from state and local fire and rescue teams.

“All of the people attending this class (including the instructors) have been selected for this training because they are recognized as some of the best, most qualified individuals currently working with Urban Search and Rescue teams nationwide,” the release said.

The training ends Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center, 927 S. Birdneck Rd., when participants will demonstrate skills such as how to rescue victims trapped under rubble, including the use of geometric formulas for calculating the weight of debris.