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Firefighters to get live-fire training

January 3, 2007

Albany--  The city of Albany hopes to break ground soon on what will give firefighters live-saving training.  

An area near Radium Springs Middle School will be used as the site for a fire-training facility. The highly-computerized simulator will have a variety of different functions for firefighters to train on.

It can be hard for them to get that necessary training since environmental protection laws prevent the burning of houses.

"This will allow us to take the firefighters in a live fire environment with multiple type facility applications and not only will it be a value to our firefighters, it would be a value to firefighters in our region," said Albany Assistant City Manager Wes Smith.

Long-range plans for the facility will include SWAT team and police training. Railroad tracks will also be used for live hazmat training. City leaders hope to begin construction on the 1-million dollar SPLOST project by the summer.

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