Metro firefighters face delayed training due to protests at new safety facility

ATLANTA — Protests at a new public safety facility could delay training for metro firefighters.

Channel 2′s Dave Huddleston explains the impact this has on every citizen.

Thursday was testing day for 25 firefighter cadets. Huddleston witnessed the cadets putting on their gear at record speed to rescue one of their own, who “collapsed” on Channel 2 Action News at 4 p.m.

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Treshonti Nottingham knew she wanted to be a firefighter when she was 5 years old and rescued a drowning victim.

“Being someone’s light in their darkest hours, I know I can do that. I want to do that,” said Nottingham.

But fire leadership said Nottingham could be at a disadvantage because protesters living in the trees want to stop the building of a new police training center.

The 21st-century fire training facility would be on the same 85-acre southeast Atlanta property.

“I think a lot of it is focused on police, but it is a public safety training facility. It includes fire corrections and APD also,” said McLemore.


McLemore said Nottingham and the other cadets will be ready to save families, they’ve just had to work out some complicated logistics to make it happen.

“Douglasville has been a great partner, which they allow us to do our burn training out there. We’ve had some affiliation with Fayette County, Monroe and Walton County,” said McLemore.

City officials say they will build the $90 million public safety training facility, but admit the protesters have slowed them down.

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