Day on the job: Milwaukee’s Heavy Urban Rescue Team trains on high-rise building

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MILWAUKEE — If you happened to notice a lot of people looking up near Water and Kilbourn in downtown Milwaukee on Wednesday, June 1st, there was a reason. Milwaukee’s Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT) was training on a high-rise building.

Milwaukee Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT) trains at Intercontinental Hotel

Milwaukee Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT) trains at Intercontinental Hotel

The HURT team practiced for two different rescue scenarios at the Intercontinental Hotel.

The training was designed to simulate emergencies with construction or maintenance workers that would be on the outside of the building — possibly window washers or construction workers.

Milwaukee Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT) trains at Intercontinental Hotel

Milwaukee Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT) trains at Intercontinental Hotel

About 25 Milwaukee firefighters took part in Wednesday’s training — which lasted about three hours.

The entire HURT team (90 members total) trains as a full team four times a year.

Milwaukee Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT) trains at Intercontinental Hotel

Milwaukee Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT) trains at Intercontinental Hotel