News Release – For Immediate Release Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Opening of the County Fire Training Centre
The County of Grande Prairie’s Reeve Everett McDonald, along with members of Council, joined Fire Chief Everett Cooke today at the County Fire Training Centre for the ceremonial ribbon cutting, to mark the official opening of the Training Centre.
The open house featured an inaugural live run through demonstration of the training ground, performed by paid-on-call firefighters. Afterward, Council and members of the media went through the facility on an in-depth tour of the Centre.
Facts of the County Fire Training Centre
• Construction began in July
• Cost-$60,000 to build
• Includes a multi-storey structure with internal facilities to allow for fire suppression
• Interior fire suppression training, interior search and rescue, and confined space
• specific locations designated for extrication training
• simulated vehicle fires and propane container fires
County firefighters will begin training in the new facility immediately. Previously, entry-level firefighters were sent to training centres elsewhere in the province, such as Vermillion and Nisku at a cost of around $3,000 per firefighter. Now with the County Fire Training Centre operational, any future scheduled entry-level training will save the County $3,000 per firefighter. Even with the cost of the facility, this year alone, the County will save around $30,000. The benefits of the Training Centre don’t just stop at training County firefighters, next year plans are to incorporate features for high angle rescues, with a long-term goal to become a regional Training Centre.
“It’s a great achievement for our firefighters to have their own Training Centre,” boasts
the proud and gracious, Reeve Everett McDonald. “Thanks to the generous donations of
time and money from multiple corporate donors, we stand here today in this facility that
allows us to experience actual fires in a controlled and safe environment.”