The Philadelphia Fire Department on Wednesday unveiled its newest piece of training equipment: a mobile apparatus with stairs and windows that will allow firefighters to practice escaping from harm's way.
The Survivability Mobile Training Unit, which officials said costs $170,000 and was paid for with grant money, is expected to save the city money.
"It reduces cost for time and travel," Mayor Nutter told reporters during a news conference at the National Constitution Center.
Firefighters normally have to travel to the Fire Academy in the Northeast for fire escape training, Nutter said. The mobile unit eliminates that need.
The unit's design meets Philadelphia's needs. When assembled, it resembles a two-story structure with windows, and many of the city's fires involve two-story rowhouses, said Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers.