Board to dis­cuss fire train­ing cen­ter

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - JANELLE JESSEN

SILOAM SPRINGS — City board mem­bers will hear a pre­sen­ta­tion Tues­day about a fire depart­ment bud­get amend­ment.

Board mem­bers will hold a work­shop about the Med­i­cal Springs Park schematic de­sign at 5:30 p.m. fol­lowed by the reg­u­larly sched­uled board meet­ing at 6:30 p.m., ac­cord­ing to the meet­ing agenda pub­lished on the city web­site.

First up will be a fire depart­ment pre­sen­ta­tion about the new lad­der truck, in­clud­ing a plan to spend money left­over from the pur­chase to be­gin build­ing a train­ing fa­cil­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to a staff re­port by Fire Chief Jeremy Criner, the depart­ment is propos­ing a bud­get amend­ment for the fire depart­ment 2017 cap­i­tal out­lay that would add $ 112,256 for the first phase of a train­ing cen­ter project.

The staff re­port states that the fire depart­ment needs ac­cess to a train­ing fa­cil­ity to prac­tice fire­fight­ing and med­i­cal skills, such as hose de­ploy­ment and ad­vance­ment, fire ex­tin­guish­ment, ven­ti­la­tion, ground and aerial lad­der de­ploy­ment and rope res­cue op­er­a­tions. Cur­rently the depart­ment uses out­side train­ing fa­cil­i­ties for train­ing, the re­port states.

Adding a fire train­ing fa­cil­ity would help the fire depart­ment earn credit on their In­sur­ance Ser­vices Off ice grad­ing scale, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The pro­posed train­ing cen­ter would be lo­cated south of Fire Sta­tion 1 on city-owned prop­erty.

Phase 1 of the project would in­clude com­plet­ing the site plan, foun­da­tion de­sign, util­ity re­lo­ca­tion and ini­tial ground­work, the re­port stated.

The fi­nal goal will be to build a three- to four-story drill tower with at­tached burn rooms.

The pro­posed fa­cil­ity would also in­clude fire­fight­ing and res­cue props through­out the build­ing and train­ing grounds.

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