BANGOR, Maine — Passers-by on Main Street over the next two weeks will see firefighters and their equipment but not because there’s an emergency.
Assistant Fire Chief Darrell Cyr said Monday that the city’s Fire Department has received permission to use two buildings that back up to Bangor Waterfront for training.
The structures, located at 440-460 Main St., used to house the former Gosselin’s-Henry’s Bridal store and a two-story apartment building next door. Both buildings must be removed from the site to make way for a Tim Hortons coffee shop and restaurant.
Cyr said the firefighters will use the buildings to hone their skills venting roofs, tearing down and breaching walls, and conducting search and rescue operations, to name a few.
The apartment building will be burned down Sunday, April 19, as part of a controlled-burn training exercise, Cyr said.
He said a Sunday was chosen for burn day because traffic is likely to be lighter that day than during the rest of the week.
The larger commercial building will be razed, he said.
Construction on Tim Hortons is set to begin later this spring.