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Firefighters thrilled with new facility

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –   The Albany Fire Department showed off their new training facility Tuesday, pledging it will help create better first responders across South Georgia. 

The $1.8 million training facility covers 26 acres off Radium Spring Road.

It includes a four-story burn simulator and tower, a lake that can be used to test fire truck pumps and hoses and train for water rescues, and a 7,000 square foot classroom headquarters.

Albany Fire Chief James Carswell said training is 90% of a firefighter's job.

"Most of the people see us doing ten percent of our job, out there doing the firefighting. But literally we put in 90 percent of our effort preparing to do that well," said Carswell.

Emergency agencies throughout South Georgia will use the training facility. It can also serve as Dougherty County's back up emergency and 911 center if a disaster puts the downtown centers off line.

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