Published: May 29, 2013 2:42 PM EDT
Updated: May 29, 2013 5:51 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The fire burns, and thick smoke fills an enclosed house. Firefighters go in, looking for a victim in the black smoke. They come out with a mannequin, the "rescue victim," in this training scenario.

"This is important because we have some newer firefighters who have not had a lot of experience in house fires. But this is for everyone, veterans and rookies alike," says Fire Chief Ken Dobson of Fort Myers.

"We need to practice all this, to hone the skills and make sure every member of the team is doing the job. It's better to make a mistake here, than on the real thing," says Captain Neil Graham of the Fort Myers Department.

Tice and Fort Myers firefighters took part in the drill at a vacant house on Lemon Street off Martin Luther King Blvd.  

Chief Dobson says they try to hold such training exercises, every two years or so.