Iconic Greensboro fire drill tower will be demolished, replaced with state of the art training facility

  • Source: WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro
  • Published: 12/12/2019 03:53 PM

The iconic drill tower at the Greensboro Fire Department on N. Church Street is set to be demolished next week. The department doesn't know the exact date yet. The drill tower was built in 1956 after a bond issue was approved in March of 1947. Every Greensboro firefighter has used this for training since it was built, 63 years ago according to GFD. "Obviously it has a lot of sentimental value to myself and many of the other firefighters that are here." New training props are being built to replace the current tower and should provide current Greensboro Fire Department employees with more technical and realistic training to better prepare them for all emergency incidents. The tower will be replaced with a new facility that is versatile. "This {current} building here is stationary, it's concrete and brick so you can't move anything around," Fire Chief Bobby Nugent said. But all that's about to change. Nugent said to think of the new facility they'll build in its place like LEGO's.


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