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Alhambra fire department unveils new training classroom

The Alhambra Fire Department unveiled Thursday a new classroom at its training facility on New Avenue and the 10 Freeway. The classroom includes new technology and equipment to help firefighters learn emergency preparedness techniques and will allow firefighters to take classes and train in the same facility.

Alhambra firefighters previously used a classroom located at 1st Street and Woodward Avenue for their monthly trainings, then traveled to the facility at 911 S. New Ave. to put their lessons to practice. With the new classroom, firefighters can take their classes and practice lessons — such as search and rescue, low angle rope rescue, and other scenarios — in the same facility, saving firefighters time and making their training more convenient and efficient, said Battalion Chief Tom Phelps.

Alhambra Mayor Stephen Sham praised the new classroom Thursday on the City of Alhambra Facebook page"With the latest in technology and training props, our firefighters will have a better opportunity to acquire the sophisticated skills they will need to protect our community for future emergencies," Sham said.

The fire department will hold training outside of the classroom, on Fremont Avenue near Mission Boulevard, on July 14, 15, and 17. The training will simulate live trench rescues, according to Phelps. Fire departments from Arcadia, Pasadena, Monterey Park, and other San Gabriel Valley cities will also participate.

“Safety doesn’t change throughout the year," Phelps said. "Safety is of the upmost importance for us."

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