LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Since September 11, 2001, the government has spent billions of dollars increasing up security.
The La Crosse Fire Department received around $600,000 for training and new equipment.
Over 11 years, Chief Gregg Cleveland said they're received training on how to deal with structure collapses and the tools like search cameras, audio listening equipment and saws that can penetrate concrete.
He said La Crosse is one of the urban rescue teams across Wisconsin that's ready to help anywhere in the state.
"Had it not been for September 11th these doors would have never been opened this process," Chief Cleveland said. "This integration process of communication intelligence, response would have never been developed."
Cleveland said due to post 9/11 investments, La Crosse rescue teams are in a better position than ever to serve local people and businesses.
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