By: Staci Inez, WCTV

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – 17 mine rescue teams from around the U.S. flocked to Havana on Wednesday to test and hone their skills.

The Florida Public Safety Institute became a hub for real-life emergency scenarios for the rescue teams. They completed a variety of land and water rescues as part of the training.

Teams came from places like Texas, Nevada, Tennessee, West Virginia, and central Florida. All of the exercises and skills used at the training are designed to make sure crews are more prepared to respond to mining emergencies in their home communities.

The teams are also trained as first responders, meaning they are able to administer first-aid, check vitals, and more.

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