Johnstown, Cambria County, Pa. - Emergency medicine doctors at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center are taking their training to the next level. Resident physicians worked alongside first responders, practicing life-saving skills that they may need if they're called out to an emergency.

"We actually bring the residents out to test some of their skills and allow them to see what first responders do in their daily duties as far as emergency rescues go," said John Brudzinski, Johnstown Fire Department Assistant Chief.

The Johnstown Fire Department and Conemaugh Health System Emergency Medicine Residency Program held an annual training session Thursday.

Doctors and first responders practiced extracting multiple victims from confined spaces, intubating, rappelling and other rescue techniques. They said it's crucial that doctors get as much practice as possible before emergencies happen.

"They can learn from their mistakes. They can take their time and learn how to do things right. Sometimes when you're doing things on the fly, there's a chance to have some issues," said David Gnugnoli, Conemaugh Health Systems EMS Director.

The training not only teaches doctors important skills, they said they have more respect for first responders because of what it takes to get patients to the hospital.

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