Guardian Centers disaster training facility gets first visitors
The Guardian Centers, a new inter-agency disaster relief training center in Perry welcomed its first training groups Thursday.
Groups from Georgia Search and Rescue and an elite group of U.S. Marines held separate training sessions at the 830 acre facility.
Using live victims trapped inside homes, a 15 members search and rescue team used the facility's flooded neighborhood to train for disaster.
Search and Rescue Member and Centerville Fire Chief Jason Jones, says the facility is the most realistic he's ever trained on.
"Hopefully we can have a good relationship with the Guardian Centers, and the Georgia Search and Rescue team can train out here more as well as hopefully other local, emergency agencies," Jones said.
Teams can review footage of the training sessions in an indoor room at the facility. Twenty-seven cameras capture footage of the rescues, and relief workers can review the footage to see what they need to improve on.