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Emergency responders to train in condemned building

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The Chattanooga Fire Department starts training this week in an old, collapsed structure.

The owner of the old Alabama Furniture Company building on Glass Street is allowing crews to practice drills. 

It's been five years since the department has ventured outside their training facility. The goal this week is to perform real time drills as quick and safe as possible with new equipment.

Jonathan Lehman is one of the instructors.

"It's close to the same training they did at the Pentagon, World Trade Center and during the Oklahoma City bombings."

Emergency responders will perform real time drills with new equipment like "Air Shores," which are designed to keep crews safe during a rescue.

Daniel Haug with the Chattanooga Fire Department said  "Air Shores" will be one of the new pieces used tomorrow. 

"It looks like a telescope Aetna to support the structure while we are working to get a person out."

The three day training will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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