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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Firefighters throughout Southwest Georgia will soon have a new place to practice their technique in Albany. But the facility will be able to serve more than just firefighters in the coming years.
Firefighting is one of the most dangerous professions in America. In order to keep casualties for these brave men and women down to a minimum constant training is required.
Ron Rowe, Training Chief for the Albany Fire Department said: "Well, 90% of what we do is prepare for what we have to do."
That's why a site off of Radium Springs road is being established. There a building is being constructed which will help firefighters keep themselves sharp.
"What we're looking at is a four story training tower, with a two story residential section and a one story burn annex", said Rowe.
And it's important to help in training volunteer fire fighters in rural areas who can't take the time off to travel to the state site in Forsyth.
Rowe said, "the training area is going to be used for Albany Fire Department as well as be available to anyone in GMA Area 2 which is 22 other counties besides Albany and Dougherty County."
The training building is the centerpiece of the site. But there are 26 acres out here and there will be many more buildings in the future for emergency personnel to work out of and train at.
Local emergency responders have big plans for this area. There will be a backup 911 call center and Emergency Operations Center. And there is a depression on the site. What is it for?
"We have a 5 acre pond for boat and water rescue training, dive training things of that nature. We're also going to be able to use that for testing our pumps, our annual pump test will be done here", said Rowe.
And this project has seen plenty of cooperation from all levels of local government.
"If you look around, everything we have out here really couldn't be possible without the help of; we have several other city and county agencies that have helped us with this."
An example of government working together to help us all. In Albany, Jay Polk WALB News 10.
The new training facility is expected to be done before the end of the year. Rowe says that the facility will serve a total of 87 different fire departments around Southwest Georgia.