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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - On Tuesday evening, there was a huge fire in Albany and we were there when it started. No reason to worry though--Albany firefighters intentionally set the fire for training purposes.

It was the first live-fire training exercise inside a new $600,000 facility near Radium Springs. Tuesday, Albany Tech firefighting students were able to test out their skills along with Albany firefighters.

Training Chief Ron Rowe says practice is vital for the real thing.

"It would be like putting a pilot in an F-16 and saying 'go fly' when they've never had training before. We don't want to put our firefighters in a position where the first time they fight a fire is the first time they see it," said Rowe.

The training center, built with sales tax money, won't just benefit Albany firefighters. 23-counties will be able to utilize the facility.

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