Virginia Tech buildings used for law enforcement training before demolition

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Law enforcement in the New River Valley got a rare opportunity Friday at Virginia Tech.

Two buildings set for demolition turned into a hands-on training center.

About five emergency response teams practiced their tactics and drills for a regional training exercise inside Thomas and Monteith Halls. The training helps crews share best techniques.

"They're able to refine tactics, they can run drills, debrief what they did and if they've done something and see where they can do it better they can turn right around and go back and do it again," said Major Mac Babb with the Virginia Tech Police Department.

They were given free range to practice anything inside without worrying about damaging anything. Both buildings first opened in 1949.