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Old Cairo jail gets a new purpose

Richard Phillips Richard Phillips
Seth Maxwell Seth Maxwell
CAIRO, GA (WALB) - Folks in Grady County are coming together to turn an old county jail into a new center that will keep their community safe.

People and businesses from around the area are helping volunteer firefighters build a new training facility.

Grady County's only volunteer fire department is getting creative when it comes to training their firefighters. So creative that they decided to make use out of an old abandoned jail.

"Oh the jail... Lord. I'd hate to say. It's probably 30, 40, 50 years old at least," said Richard Phillips, Training Officer.

It may look like a scene out of a horror movie now, but volunteers say the space has potential. "We decided we'd go in there and build some props in it. It's just ideal for search and rescue. It's got little rooms in the back and all," said Phillips

Volunteers came out Saturday to help build this maze. It's going to be used to teach firefighters how to get through confined spaces.
"Having a training ground on site will enable us to do all of our training without having to travel outside of the county," said Seth Maxwell.

The department says they owe the success of this project to the community's help and donations. Phillips says he thinks it's the community's way of showing their appreciation for the department's service.

"I believe it's because whenever they call us, we're there. And we're all volunteers."

The building should be ready for training in the next few months. Phillips hopes this project encourages more people to join the 150 volunteers already at the department.

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