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Albany Fire Department will be using the former K-Mart building at 3100 Pacific Boulevard SE for training September 2 - 6. The building is scheduled for demolition to make way for the new WinCo Foods store and provides a great opportunity for firefighters and EMTs to conduct emergency training exercises. The area will be fenced off and signage will be posted to inform the public of the training activity. The public is asked to stay clear of the immediate area for their safety.
Large, vacant commercial buildings where firefighters break down walls and windows and perform other firefighting skills in a controlled environment don't come along very often. This structure will allow emergency responders a place to train with technical equipment, perform commercial roof operations, forcible entry, breaching, and various fire, rescue, and search drills.
The training opportunities provided by this structure will be invaluable to emergency responders and the community. The Fire Department's use of the building was made possible by the WinCo Contractor overseeing demolition of the building.