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FDNY visits Perry for disaster relief training

First-responders from eight different states, including New York and Indiana, are in Perry this week.

They're using the Guardian Centers for disaster relief training.

"This is far better than other places we've been," said Lenny Nesbitt of Task Force 6 from North Georgia.

He says the disaster relief training he's received at the center has prepared him for travesties like the parking deck collapse in Atlanta.

The facility provides real life scenarios for first-responders, and even goes to the lengths of having actors portray victims. Amenities like these are why fire fighters from as far as New York City travel down.

"This facility has an outstanding reputation," said Ronald Spadafora, Fire Prevention Chief at FDNY.

He says this makes their second trip to Perry. His team says the facilities they've used in the past don't provided the variety of disaster training they receive at the Guardian Centers.

"They have large scale simulations here that allow us to work in fire proof construction for different kind of collapses," said Spadafora.

The center's popularity caught the attention of the state's top official.

"We're just pleased that we're going to be a part of increasing your training," said Governor Nathan Deal.

He dropped by for his first look at the grounds, proud that another one of Georgia's sites is nationally recognized,


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