Philly firefighters get mobile unit

    The Philadelphia Fire Department has unveiled a new mobile unit to help firefighters practice escaping from hazardous situations.

    The Survivability Mobile Training Unit is a portable trailer that when assembled represents a two-story structure with two windows.

    Mayor Michael Nutter said the unit can visit various fire companies around the city to allow firefighters to train for escapes on-site rather than having to travel to the fire academy in northeast Philadelphia.

    Officials said grant money paid the $170,000 cost of the unit.

    The unveiling coincided with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Safety/Training Officer’s National Summit being held at the National Constitution Center.

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