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story.lead_photo.caption Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista Capt. Justin Tesreau (foreground) carefully pulls firefighter Tyler Miller, posing as an incapacitated firefighter, through narrow gaps in a wooden training tunnel while firefighter Byron Abernathy lifts him into the tunnel.

Bella Vista firefighters started using a newly-built training tunnel last week.

Battalion Chief Chuck Lawson said the new tunnel -- which features diagonal beams as well as lengths of rope to work past with a full set of firefighting gear -- is a great physical and mental test.

"They have to make decisions and be able to get people through," he said.

Capt. Justin Tesreau said he built the tunnel after seeing a similar piece of equipment at the Oklahoma state fire school.

After working to get a simulated patient through the tunnel, Tesreau said he was pleased with the new drill.

"It pushes guys to their limit, makes them realize they've got a lot more in the tank," he said.

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