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Fighting "fires" to prepare for real ones

July 29, 2004

Albany-- Chehaw Park was more than a playground Thursday. It was training ground for Georgia's forest firefighters.

These men and women are simulating a wildfire situation. Of course, there is no live fire, but the training is enabling them to practice their leadership skills that can also save lives.

District Manager Forrest Sumner says, "Wild land firefighting is still a dangerous job. It has a lot of accidents even if you do things right. So anything we can do for safety to reduce the accidents, you know, it helps there."

The Forest Commission does this type of training often. And thanks to the free space at Chehaw, the training costs only the amount of gas it takes to get there. 

Posted at 4:38 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com