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Firefighters get special training

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Several south Georgia firefighters are better prepared to deal with a building collapse or other disaster following special weapons of mass destruction training in West Virginia.  

Three Albany firefighters and four Valdosta firefighters from our region's Search And Response unit participated in a four-day exercise last week at the Center for National Response.

Firefighters worked with the Georgia's National Guard and the SWAT unit from Glynn County to deal with everything from rescuing victims from cars to setting up a HazMat Decontamination unit. 

"The last day we actually had a building collapse, so a simulated building collapse, a parking garage and had victims inside of it, and I'm not sure I think it was 10 or 12 victims. We had to get out of the rubble," said Albany Fire Lt. Bruce Bennett.

Firefighters say the they'll recommend future units from Georgia participate in similar exercises if they get the chance.


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