Rutland-Dundee firefighters unload a hose from their engine Monday at the old Sherman Hospital on Elgin's east side. More than 300 firefighters from the area are participating in high-rise training this week, conducted by the Elgin Fire Department. Training continues through Friday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
A firefighter lights bales of hay and some pallets inside the former Sherman Hospital on Elgin's east side. Fire departments from all over the Fox Valley area are training at the site this week.
courtesy of Sherman Health
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A portion of the old Sherman Hospital on Elgin's east side is enjoying a final hurrah as a firefighters' training ground before it meets the wrecking ball in July. All this week, more than 300 personnel from 14 fire departments and protection districts are using a rare opportunity to practice their high-rise firefighting skills in the four-story building.