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RAW VIDEO | WDRB takes rare tour of East End Bridge and Tunnels

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- WDRB got a rare look Thursday at the new East End Bridge.

It comes as firefighters start training to learn how to respond to emergencies there. From collisions to car fires, the Harrods Creek Fire Department will be first on the scene in the tunnels.

"These are the drivers that will be heading northbound when you are on the Kentucky side," said Chief Kevin Tyler, with Harrods Creek Fire Protection District. "It's a nice view of this portion of eastern Jefferson County."

Chief Tyler and his department are responsible for protecting you when it opens, and he gave us the first media driving tour of the bridge and tunnels.

"It's drivable all the way across to Indiana," he said.

Right now, crews have some cleanup work to do, but the road is done and the bridge is on scheduled to open on Dec. 18.

"We cover from the I-71/265 interchange all the way to 10 feet of the Ohio River on the Indiana side," Chief Tyler said.

That's why he has been anxious to start training.

"It's different than responding on the open highway," Chief Tyler said. "The air is different. It is a confined space."

The training is necessary because when and if there's a fire, a wreck or medical emergency, firefighters will have to know where to find the water, foam and anything else they need protect the public.

"All those things will happen, it's just a matter of when," Chief Tyler said.

The first day of training started in the control room of the tunnel control building. Chief Tyler explained why the classroom training is crucial.

"Once it is open, the computer system actually shows us everything that is going on in the tunnel," he said. "If there's a fire in the tunnel or if there's some kind of accident in the tunnel, we can come here and we can control the lanes. We can control the ventilation system."

More than 30,000 cars and trucks are expected to use the bridge every day when it opens.

The training will continue thru the weekend and wrap up next Friday with some real-life scenarios.

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