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Burning homes helps twice

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Albany firefighters are getting some good training burning dilapidated houses, and it's saving the city money.

Firefighters have recently burned four structures that had been through the court system.  Burning them is cheaper than tearing them down and hauling debris to the landfill. 

It also provides vital training for firefighters by giving them the opportunity to see a fire in every stage.

"It's a big benefit to us in the sense that we get to see a fire progress from beginning to end and capture that information on video or digital photography so that we can actually use that information to teach future generations of firefighters, so it's a positive for us also," said Albany Fire Chief James Carswell.

The fire department hopes to burn down about 30 homes in the city this year.

 

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