PERRY, Georgia (Reuters) – On a cloudless, windswept Georgia morning 100 milessouth of Atlanta, a rescuer dangled 30 feet in the air, secured by rappelling ropes, wielding a jackhammer, as he drove the drill into a massive concrete slab designed to mimic the 1985 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City. It took about an hour to punch a hole big enough to reach mock disaster “victims” trapped between the slab and an exterior wall.
Nearby more rescuers stood by a replica of an apartment building damaged during the 2010 Christ Church, New Zealand earthquake. Dogs sniffed for victims. Engineers built make-shift ladders with two-by-fours.