Today, city leaders, firefighters, and Bloomington police unveiled a brand new fire training tower.
The facility, paid for by state and local dollars, will be used by Bloomington police and fire to practice rescue procedures.
Crews will extinguish on site fires, practice high rise maneuvers, and conduct emergency medical services.
Firefighters say new trucks and uniforms benefit the team, but without proper training, the response suffers.
"Now we can bring our crews together, work as teams together like we would on a regular fire scene," said Captain Eric West. "Safety wise for us, that's the best thing for us, and also for the public."
Prior to building the nearly $800,000 rescue tower, crews traveled to Champaign to practice fire training.
Their first session takes place next month.