June 4, 2004
Albany -- Six Albany firefighters and a fire truck will leave this weekend to serve at the G-8 Summit on Sea Island.
State leaders asked the Albany Fire Department for help in covering the summit of world leaders next week. This 95-foot tower ladder truck and a company of six men will spend a week at the G-8 Summit.
The firefighters are all volunteers, taking vacation time to be able to go. Captain Kelly Harcrow said "We could be facing overheated people, crowd control. If there are riots we could have some fire situations to deal with. It being a global summit there is always a possibility of some kind of terrorist action, some kind of hazardous material call. We don't know what we are going to."
All the firefighters have to be highly trained in a number of areas to meet the summit's requirements. Chief James Arrowood said "These things don't come around that often. We are glad to be of service and glad to able to participate and contribute in some way."
The firefighters leave Sunday morning for Brunswick. They do not expect a terrorist attack at the Summit, but say they are ready to handle any emergency if needed.
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