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Gaston College's Regional Emergency Services Training Center is the site of the nation's largest Live Burn Building, where training of textile mill firefighters and nuclear power plant fire and rescue brigades takes place.
Flying fire patrols took the place of the old fire towers that once loomed over state and national parks in North Carolina. The hourly patrols are much less costly than the old-style watchmen who man towers round the clock. In addition, some old WWII bombers have been used to fight forest fires in North Carolina.
State and federal officials are now reviewing procedures for handling fire management near environmentally sensitive habitats after fire crews plowed a section of Sandy Run Savannas State Natural area, known to contain a number of rare and endangered plants.
Sherwood Brockwell's fire-fighting experience began in 1896 when as a boy he would help hitch the mules to the Raleigh steam fire engine. Today, he is still a firefighter, but his activities have spread out to cover all of North Carolina and his influence is felt throughout the nation.