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Waynesboro Fire Dept. Uses Grant Money for Fire Safety Mobile Unit

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WAYNESBORO, Va (WVIR) - People in Waynesboro will soon be able to practice getting out of a house fire. The city's Fire Department is unveiling a new mobile unit that looks like an RV from the outside, but the department will use the unit as a fire safety house. The mobile unit arrived just last week. 

The Waynesboro’s Fire Department has had a fire safety house for years now, but it only had smoke and alarms. Now, it's adding fire to the mix thanks to a big grant from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Fire Department can attach the mobile unit to the back of a truck and take it anywhere they want. It has kitchen appliances and a smoke detector. The mobile unit and fire safety house now has a fire chamber, where firefighters can actually start a fire and then put it out using a sprinkler system.

"When you get the full effect of the smoke and being in the safety house, it makes you think that you're actually in a fire, so if they ever have a fire, they're going to know what to do,” said Lieutenant Bob Donaldson of the Waynesboro Fire Department.

In the past, fire safety houses have been strictly for teaching people how to get out of house fires. The Waynesboro Fire Department plans to use the facility to teach people about tornado and hurricane safety as well.

Most of the funding for the fire safety house additions comes from a FEMA grant, but the rest is the money the department made from selling the old fire safety house. The total price tag is about $71,000.
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