Augusta firefighters train in old Cherry Tree Crossing complex

Augusta firefighters train in old Cherry Tree Crossing complex

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Augusta firefighters used an old public housing complex in a training exercise Wednesday morning.

A team of Augusta Fire Department firefighters performed training maneuvers at Cherry Tree Crossing, a former Augusta Housing Authority complex under demolition.

New recruits worked with experienced members of the department on drills in forced entry, horizontal ventilation and vertical ventilation. Ventilation relieves heat and gases, making it more tolerable for other firefighters doing hose work at the scene of a fire.

"This is a great opportunity for everybody without the pressure of the place being on fire," said Captain Mel LaPan of the Augusta Fire Department.

The fire department partnered with the Augusta Housing Authority to provide the training for the firefighters.

About 360 residents moved out of Cherry Tree Crossing in October 2013 and were relocated after the housing authority announced plans to tear down the complex and build a new mixed-income housing complex.

This is the second time the Augusta Housing Authority has allowed its units to be used for specialized training. The Augusta Fire Department conducted training at the former Gilbert Manor Homes prior to its demolition.

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