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GLENDALE, Ariz. -

It's always dramatic video -- seeing a building collapse. Most of the time they're planned implosions. However, local agencies are working on new plans to make sure they know how to rescue victims who may be "buried alive."

A simulated drill is in this pile of rubble. There are people underneath. Crews can't get to them, so man's best friend is brought in to help.

The drill is dubbed "buried alive."

"We got a multi-jurisdictional drill simulating a multi structural collapse and gas explosion. We're practicing recovering live victims and hazard material techniques and today we're incorporating dogs into the scenario," says Ross Kaffer, Peoria Fire Department.

"If we can't put a group of fire fighters in a pile of rubble where it's unsafe, we can get a small dog a 60-80 pound animal in there that knows the work and can sniff and smell out and point to a potential victim then we can go to work and get that person out," says Deputy Chief. Elio Pompa, Glendale Fire Department.

The training helps hazmat crews, tech crews and K-9 teams work together in an emergency situation. It allows them to practice critical high risk skills.

Agencies from Glendale, Scottsdale, Surprise and Peoria all participated in the drill.

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