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Drury Hotels & Grove City Fire Department Reaching New Heights

ST. LOUIS, MO., Nov. 10, 2006--The new Drury Inn & Suites hotel is officially the tallest building in Grove City, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The hotel, rising up against the horizon at seven stories tall, has provided the fireman of the Jackson Township Fire Department with an outstanding training opportunity.

"We have had aerial platform ladders since 1974, but we have had this particular one for five years," said Chief Sheets of the Jackson Township Fire Department, referring to the 100-foot platform ladder. "This ladder is a helpful tool we can use to reach rooftops and if necessary to rescue people from the windows of tall buildings," said Sheets.

That's where Drury Inn & Suites comes into the picture. The Grove City Fire Department is using the seven-story hotel to conduct high-rise training for the whole department. Grove City has a full-time department with 80 full-time firefighters, 25 part-time firefighters and paramedics. The aerial platform truck has a team of specially trained firefighters to operate the truck. The ladder on the truck extends a total of 100 feet and sends out as much as 1500 gallons of water a minute.

"We are extremely excited to be a part of Grove City and are looking forward to building a great relationship with the community," said Sam Gregory, General Manager of the Drury Inn & Suites in Grove City." We are pleased to be contributing to the safety of our neighborhood."

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