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Fire training facility will have "safe room"

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

December 9, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The new fire training facility in Dougherty County will have a "safe room" that can withstand winds up to 200 miles per hour. The fire training tower is currently under construction at this site on Honeysuckle Road in Albany.

Another building will house a classroom that can be converted to an emergency operations center and can run a backup 911 system. The city is just now sending that part of the project out for bids on the design.

Chief James Carswell said, "A building that will withstand 200 mile per hour winds and will be safe under most conditions that we could still operate under an emergency without worrying about whether the weather outside was going to actually destroy the building."

Once complete, the training facility will be used to train about 2500 firefighters throughout South Georgia.

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