Firefighters will hold drills in downtown skyscrapers on Thursday, October 14

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The Evanston Fire Department will conduct drills on a simulated high-rise fire from approximately 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 14.

The Chase Bank Tower, the site of the planned October 14 Fire Department exercise, suffered a real fire in 1996. (Photo by Evanston Fire Department)

This multi-agency exercise will involve the local and Evanston fire departments at Chase Bank Tower, 1603 Orrington Ave.

These exercises will build the skills needed to quickly perform fire suppression in a multi-story structure. These types of training opportunities give Evanston and neighboring departments the ability to pool their staff and resources to accomplish their mission faster and more efficiently.

High-rise operations are highly technical and labor intensive, requiring multi-agency collaboration to be successful. Area residents may notice a high level of fire and vehicle service activity in the Davis Street and Orrington Avenue area during this training event.

For more information, please call or text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents can dial 311 in Evanston.

Source: Evanston Fire Department


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