By IVY HERRON
Where's there's smoke, there will be a fire training exercise.
Members of the Brazil City Fire Department will conduct drill training of a simulated apartment fire on the ninth floor of Cooper Towers Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m.
In coordination with the Brazil Housing Authority, firefighters will use the top two floors of the nine-story high rise building during the training exercise.
"The Brazil Housing Authority has worked with our department in the past to improve safety for its residents. This is yet another step toward a safer living environment," Fire Chief Tobey Archer said. "This simulation will take our training from written protocols, to hands-on experience for the firefighters and test department operations so we can look for improvements in procedure and protocol."
Area residents shouldn't be alarmed if they see smoke around the apartment building Wednesday and Thursday, according to Archer, it is possible the training smoke used in the exercise might be visible from the outside of the building.
Residents are asked to refrain from using the east and west side stairways during the exercise - elevators in the building will remain operational.