Oct 4, 2015 9:35 AM
NASHUA - Firefighters and community leaders gathered Saturday for the grand opening of the new regional fire and rescue training facility off West Hollis Street -- but it wasn't a ribbon cutting exactly.
Instead, organizers connected two fire hoses and uncoupled them to symbolize the facility's launch.
The training center is the first of its kind in the region and is made out of steel shipping containers to make it possible for sections to be replaced as needed.
The facility will allow firefighters to train by simulating a variety of real-life situations in a controlled environment.
"There is a little bit of danger here, but it is a controlled danger" said Rick Conway, captain of training for the Nashua Fire Deparment. "If they make a mistake here, it's something that can be corrected. And they can learn what they are doing so when they go to a true emergency, they can practice there."
The training center will be open to any fire department in the region.
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