Lee Co. fire and rescue to get live fire training facility

Lee Co. fire and rescue to get live fire training facility
The building will be used for firefighter trainings (Source: WALB)
The building will be used for firefighter trainings (Source: WALB)
David Forrester, Lee County Fire and Rescue Fire Chief (Source: WALB)
David Forrester, Lee County Fire and Rescue Fire Chief (Source: WALB)

LEE CO., GA (WALB) - Lee County Fire and Rescue will soon have a live fire training facility to help train firefighters, with an obstacle course for firefighters to simulate real-life situations.

Lee County Fire and Rescue Chief David Forrester said the building should have a 30-year lifespan, because it will be made of certain kinds of metals that don't easily burn.

They will be able to do all the fire and rescue trainings inside and outside the building.

The blueprint of the three-story facility shows one of the doors on the main floor is a forced entry bolt door. The second story has a room that they can change the layout to make it like a maze, and the third floor will have a repel tower.

There will be wooden materials burned and it will house all the props that are needed.

"The biggest asset of this to the citizens of Lee County will be looking at lowering their ISO rating. This will give us all of the tools we need to start working on getting a lower ISO rating which means lower insurance for our homeowners," explained Forrester.

Forrester said SPLOST dollars will pay for the building, which has a price tag of $353,000.

"This is a building we've actually been working on for years, trying to get done and approved and finally we got it done," said Forrester, "But finally we got it done, and it's going to be a tremendous asset to this department for training fire personnel."

Forrester said the Board of Commissioners will vote on the construction company Tuesday night.

Once the construction is approved and begins, Forrester says the goal is to have the building complete by the end of 2018.

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