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Capt. Bruce Bennett, left, Justin Rash, center, and Lt. Ricky Thompson with the Albany Fire Department were among eight firefighters who participated in a 12-hour disaster training session at the Guardian Center near Perry recently. The three-day event was sponsored and attended by the U.S. Marine Corps, which invited members of the Georgia Search and Rescue from around the state to participate. (Jim West)

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Training prepares firefighters for disaster

A select group of Albany firefighters returned recently from a simulated emergency that everyone hopes will never happen in Albany. Eight members of the Albany Fire Department took part in a large-scale, ultra-realistic, staged disaster at the Guardian Center near Perry. The team was joined by other public safety personnel of the Georgia Search and Rescue Task Force II, including Valdosta, Leesburg and Thomasville.

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