Firefighters to continue training at Sergeant Jasper during April

Firefighters to continue training at Sergeant Jasper during April

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Fire Department will continue to use Sergeant Jasper as its training grounds during the month of April.

The department's training division will conduct drills at the vacant apartment building, located on Broad Street, each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday beginning April 7.

After becoming vacant in August 2014, the Charleston Fire Department was given permission by the Beach Company to train inside the structure over the past three months prior to its demolition.

Built in 1948, Sergeant Jasper is one of the tallest buildings in the City. With 221 apartment spaces, officials say the building has allowed firefighters to simulate emergency events that could occur in a hi-rise building.

"This is a valuable opportunity for our members and automatic-aide partners," said Director of Training Robert Baldwin. "Firefighters will be able to implement tactics and strategies in adverse conditions to improve our abilities and coordination efforts when responding to similar emergencies in hi-rise structures."

The scenarios include multiple props including theatrical smoke.

North Charleston, St. Andrews, St. Johns, and James Island Fire Departments will also be participating in the training drills.

Officials with CFD advise the public that they may see theatrical smoke coming from the building on the scheduled training days between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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