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Albany Firefighters train to deal with heights on aerial truck

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany Firefighters are climbing almost 9 stories up ladders to make sure they can handle heights when called on.

As part of their annual training Albany firefighters are doing aerial truck exercises.

All 154 firefighters have to climb the 100 foot ladder on the aerial truck.

At the top, they train with the aerial fire hose which shoots up to 1500 gallons of water a minute.

Then they climb all the way back down.

Firefighters have to prove they can handle the work physically and psychologically.

Lt. Ronnie Polite said "That's something you have to overcome on your own basically. But most of them, it's the officer as at the station. They'll teach you how to get over the heights."

Firefighter Michael McClendon said "The secret is, it's a mind thing. You just focus. Take everything out of your mind and go to climbing. Think about what you have to do.">

All the firefighters will conclude this annual aerial training by Tuesday