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HAMMER Holding Open House Friday

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RICHLAND, Wash.- The Volpentest HAMMER training facility is one of a kind, and Friday it will open its doors to the public for the first time.

HAMMER is known by emergency officials worldwide, but many of the people who live in the surrounding community, have never really seen what goes on there.

Workers will be doing live training during Friday's open house.

Live fire exercises are planned, you can tour the facility, and even a chance to chat with workers and trainees. 

HAMMER officials say it is a great chance for the public to see what goes on at the site.

"At hammer our motto is "as real as it gets," and we want to show the public just what kind of training that the workers or emergency responders actually experience," said HAMMER Director Karen McGinnis.

The open house starts at 9:30 Friday morning, and things will be going on all day until 2:00.

The event is free to the public.

It's the first time the public has been allowed in, and officials said it's a great way to honor it's late namesake, Sam Volpentest.