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First Responders Receive Specialized Driver Training

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Columbia County, GA -

No, it's not the latest video game...it's a decision-based driving simulator that will help Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Department personnel deal with everyday traffic issues when responding to emergencies.

"What the course is designed to do is basically give them the ability to make proper decisions, [and] proper choices when out there on the road," says Mike Earl, of Local Government Risk Management Services.

The decision-based course is offered by the Local Government Risk Management Services, out of Atlanta, free of charge to Georgia city and county emergency responders. The program is one of the benefits of the Columbia County's affiliation with the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia.

After a 2-hour classroom portion of the training, first responders get behind the wheel of the simulator for another 1-2 hours of defensive driving training.

"It seems like they are learning from this and benefitting from the training," Earl says.

The course covers 80 different scenarios and Georgia state traffic laws. The driving simulator and training will continue through September into the first half of October and is a great learning tool for our first responders.

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