The tallest building in Hanna will also be the emptiest, but nobody is pressing the panic button, just the fire alarm!
 
The Hanna Fire Department has announced plans to go ahead with construction of a fire training tower in 2017.
 
"What this is, is a simulated building so it's going to be a four story building that we use for practice, basically, and for training," explained Hanna Fire Chief David Mohl. "It's got propane props inside the building to simulate like a kitchen fire or bedroom fire. Eventually we'll have some outdoor props."
 
"It's a non-combustible structure so it'll be either steel or concrete," outlined Mohl. "All the burning inside will be Class B props, propane props, so there will be no actual wood, and the advantage of that is safety. When you're using propane, if something goes wrong you release the button and everything goes out immediately."
 
Mohl says it will be great for regular training exercises, but also for taking major firefighting courses that currently take members of the Hanna department as far afield as Vermilion.
 
"We've got the money in place for the first phase, $500,000, and we have partners from our entire training region, so (the) Town of Hanna, Special Areas and all the rural villages and towns that make up our training group."
 
They received $350,000 in government grants, with the remaining $150,000 raised by the Hanna Firefighters Association.

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