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If you’ve seen fire apparatus parked outside the Rotary International building downtown this week — it was all for a training exercise.

Evanston’s Fire Department and Rotary officials conducted a high-rise training drill at the building from Tuesday through Thursday.

Nine departments from nearby suburbs and two companies from the Chicago fire department participated in the training.

The drill took place on the 10th floor of the building, using theatrical smoke to simulate a fire.

Division Chief Dwight Hohl said the training involved having fire suppression, search and rescue, rapid intervention and medical/rehabilitation crews work in unison, communicating across multiple radio frequencies, practicing rescue of civilians and a lost or trapped firefighter.

Top: Firefighters enter the Rotary Building Thursday evening for the training exercise.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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