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Firefighting training changes as Nashville grows

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Firefighters face new challenges with the tall and skinny homes and homes being built so close to others. (WSMV) Firefighters face new challenges with the tall and skinny homes and homes being built so close to others. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

"It's two stories. It's a deep house," said Eric Dilbone, who just moved to Nashville.

Dilbone and his wife bought a home in The Nations area where it seems new homes pop up daily.

"We just closed this morning, got the keys this morning, and here we are mid-move right now," said Dilbone.

To protect new neighborhoods firefighters are having to change the ways they train.

These days the homes are taller, they're closer together, and firefighters across the Midstate said the building materials are not what they used to be.

"The difference is lightweight construction is not as durable under a fire condition as the old legacy construction. The structure could collapse a lot faster," said Carl Peas, fire marshal with Murfreesboro Fire Rescue.

As for downtown Nashville, most skyscrapers have standpipes where firefighters can hook up their trucks and pump water up to any floor they choose, but as more and more go up, firefighters are now pushing for something called firefighter air replenishment systems: machines on each floor, so firefighters don't have to keep going back down for more air for their tanks.

Some buildings have it. Others do not, and so far, it's not a requirement.

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