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>Firefighters may return to train at former school

They battled the fire in the former Union East Elementary School building on a cold day in November 2004, and now Forks Volunteer firefighters may once again take their equipment to the school.

This time it will be for training. The Cheektowaga Central School Board on Tuesday night gave its board attorney the final say on negotiating a contract with Forks Fire District No. 3 for training at the building before it is demolished.

The Fire Department would not burn the building but would use it for other training purposes, said School Board President Brian Gould.

"The fire department doesn't have a chance for live training very often," he said.

He said the training might include exercises such as cutting open the roof.

An electrical fire Nov. 20, 2004, damaged the building on Union Road, which was not used as a school. MCS Remedial Services will be demolishing the building at a cost of $82,200.

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