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Firefighters train at Kendall

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Firefighters were racing in and out of smoky buildings at Kendall College this week — but it was only a drill.

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Firefighters were racing in and out of smoky buildings at Kendall College this week — but it was only a drill.

Firefighter 

(Allison Williams photos) 

Fire Departments from Evanston and other north shore communities are using the empty buildings at the college to train their members in rescue techniques.

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The college buildings at Orrington Avenue and Lincoln Street will be torn down soon, to be replaced with new single family homes, but they offered one last educational program for the firefighters, who had to make their way through heavy smoke created by bails of hay set afire in barrels.

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Fire Chief Alan Berkowsky said the goal of the exercise was to locate a 160-pound dummy, representing a fellow firefighter overcome by the fumes, and safely get him out of the building while also putting out the fire.

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