Real-life training (with photos)

By Sam Gaddes

April 17, 2013 Updated Apr 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Emergency services coordinators come together to learn how to handle electric and natural gas emergencies.

The groups worked Wednesday at the NYSEG training facility in Johnson City.

NYSEG uses a mobile trailer designed to recreate situations linemen can run into, but in a controlled and safe environment.

The first trailer was rolled out in the 1980's and a handful more followed. NYSEG would bring the trailers to fairs, festivals and schools.

Demonstrations show the public the potential dangers of live, high-voltage power lines. But now there's just one left due to limitations of both time and money.

"We certainly understand the importance of having those folks see these demonstrations. So they can understand what they might be dealing with out there in an emergency situation, and we will certainly accommodate those requests do to these kinds of things the very best we can," said Clayton Ellis, public information officer for NYSEG.