Firefighters, SCAD Team Up for Training

Savannah firefighters are learning new ways to keep you and the city's buildings safe with the help of the Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD's architecture students teamed up with firefighters to create scale models of many of the city's buildings.

Each model will sit on a platform that allows synthetic smoke to come through. Firefighters will use those models and computer-generated fire training scenarios to find the best way to fight fire.

"The building construction and the characteristics change the way we do business and fight a fire," said Savannah Fire training chief Tim Sendelbach. "In this particular case, we can point out specific hazards for people to look at."

"It's such a great experience to try out new things," said Toni Lombardozzi, SCAD architecture student. "I love building models, so it was a lot of fun, and getting involved with the city made you feel like you were doing something good for the city. I love it here so it's been a lot of fun."

Savannah firefighters say police and emergency disaster teams can use the models as well.

Reported by: Liz Flynn,