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High-rise fire drills begin today at Vanderbilt University

Posted: 2:04 PM, Jun 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-18 20:37:52-04
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville firefighters are participating in high-rise fire response drills at Vanderbilt University.

The drills began Tuesday in the university’s Carmichael West Tower 4 residence hall, which is scheduled for demolition this summer.

As Nashville continues to grow, the city is seeing development of taller buildings. The goal of the exercise is to give firefighters training in fighting high-rise fires.

“Nashville’s rapid growth and urban development, which includes an increasing number of high-rise structures, is quickly putting it on par with other major cities across the country,” said NFD District Chief Greg Spring, who is serving as lead instructor for the Vanderbilt drills.

The drills will be conducted from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day until June 29.

Some 25-50 Nashville Fire Department personnel will be on campus for each shift.

 

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