ELKHART — Firefighters put their lives on the line to save people, but what happens when they are the ones who need saving? One department is training to make sure they are able to rescue each other on the job. It’s something in the mind of every firefighter — the possibility they may have to rescue one of their own. Elkhart's Rapid Intervention Team is training to do just that. “So if it does happen, if they become trapped, become disoriented, lost — this team is activated to go in and assist the firefighters that are lost or down," said Chief Wes Johnson. They are using an old motel to train for that scenario. One firefighter (actually a dummy) is on the roof when it gives way and he falls through. Rescuers have to cut their way through a wall to reach him. “The natural inclination for our firefighters would be to rush to the aid of that firefighter,” said Johnson. “And that being said, we need to stay on track and stay focused and still fight the fire at the same time we are trying to rescue our downed firefighter.” Again, this is a simulated rescue. In real life conditions you need to add the smoke, the flames, possible explosions, as well as the unknown. “You need to stay focused, you need to get your mind set too — not only physically, but mentally. You know, just accomplish your goal. Come up with a plan and stick with your plan,” said firefighter Chris Schelle. Later this month, the department will be conducting drills at the old motel to get new firefighters acclimated to using hydrants and hoses at a fire scene.