Fire and Rescue Training Facility and Burn Tower Construction Begins
After five years of study and planning, ground has been broken and construction is under way on a countywide Fire/Rescue training facility, Technical Rescue training facility and Class A Burn Building at the Warren County Career Center. WCCC students and all county fire departments will use the facility. Estimated cost is approximately $1.2 million and the facility will be located on approximately four acres of the WCCC property. Target date for completion is Sept. 1, 2017. This is the first such facility in Warren County. Currently, WCCC firefighter students and all county fire departments must travel out of the county to rent facilities for required fire and rescue training for certification.
In 2012, Warren County Career Center began working on a plan to improve training accessibility for its students in high school Fire Science and adult public safety courses, and for all firefighters in the county fire departments. With the support of the Warren County Fire Chiefs Association, the school applied for and received a state grant for a feasibility study on building a fire training facility on the WCCC campus in Lebanon. The study showed that the facility would pay for itself within just a few years, due to the lack of any fire training facilities in the county and the great need of the 14 area fire departments.
“This is an exciting time for the Public Safety Division of the Warren County Career Center,” WCCC Director of Facilities Kim Fladung said. “We look forward to working even closer with our county departments as we begin construction. This facility will be used extensively to deliver state-of-the-art Fire and EMS training for the students of the Warren County Career Center, as well as firefighters from our collaborative Warren County Fire Departments. I greatly appreciate the support of the Warren County Fire Departments, the Career Center administration and our instructors as we move forward with our plans. This is truly an exciting project for the Public Safety Services Division.”
“Our community-based Facilities Committee reviewed our facility needs last year and made several recommendations to our board,” WCCC Superintendent Maggie Hess said. “One of those recommendations was that we move forward with the fire training facility and tower due to the projected return on investment. They said as a group that it was a win-win for our students and the county fire departments.”
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