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Firefighters train at Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate

The recent fire at Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral the fire department did some routine training at Guelph's tallest church on Thursday
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Guelph firefighters train at Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate on Thursday morning. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

In light of the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the Guelph Fire Department was at Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate Thursday morning doing some training.

The department's ladder truck could be seen fully extended to the top of one of the church's spires around 9 a.m.

Platoon chief Ron Head said the department regularly  trains at the church as part of its regular procedures, but given what happened in Paris they thought it was a good time to brush up on their own training.

"It's routine training. In light of the Notre Dame fire we felt that it wouldn't be a bad idea to revisit it," Head said.

"We've trained there many times before but we have some new staff. There's three new guys on that truck so we let them see the potential of the truck versus the height of the building

"Just pre-planning, relative height of our truck to the height of the building," Head said.