ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The new Albany Fire Training center is hosting it's first training session Thursday.
Members of the Georgia Search and Rescue Service for the South Georgia area held rope technician training at the Albany center.
Rescue personnel from Valdosta, Moultrie, Albany, Thomasville, Camilla, and Lee County rapelled up and down the walls of the four story training tower. The multi-million dollar, 25 acre Albany training is still in the construction phase, and when completed will be a center for all first responder training in South Georgia.
Albany Fire Department Training Chief Ron Rowe said "our intention is to allow all disciplines in public safety to come train in whatever endeavours they need to train in. Eventually it will be opened up to all 23 counties of GEMA area 2. "
The Albany Fire Training center hosting it's first training exercise. Several more buildings are scheduled to be added at the center off Radium Springs Road. They hope to finish construction by March 2010.