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AFD wants driving simulator

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Albany city commissioners are working to get a grant to purchase a driving simulator for the Albany Fire Department's Training Center.

 The simulators will allow firefighters and police officers a chance to train in scenarios that are realistic as possible.

Right now firefighters and police really only get training when they're confronted with the issue on the job.  

"Most of the on the job training that we get in driving is in the actual real world, when they actually make those '10-18' calls, which liability wise is a poor place to be training people how to make emergency responses," said Albany Fire Chief James Carswell.

The commission agreed to accept the grant when it's offered. That's expected to happen later this week and should cover a little more than half of the $296,000 cost.

That will allow the fire department to use the SPLOST-5 money for additional training items.

 

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