FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2017 Contact:
Fayetteville Fire Department
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for City’s New Fire Training Facility
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Fayetteville Fire Department invites the public to a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new training facility, located at 2505 E. Borick Drive, on Thursday, June 8 at 2 p.m. Following the ceremony marking this milestone, tours of the facility will be offered to attendees.
In 2015, 14.2 acres was allocated to the fire department for the development of dedicated training grounds and the City began infrastructure improvements in 2016. The main facility was funded with grants totaling $600,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant program and the Department of Homeland Security. The City contributed ten percent in matching funds. Manufacturing and installation was completed by American Fire Training Centers and the modular facility was erected in April 2017.
The facility is six stories tall with more than 7,000 square feet of working floor space. It provides a safe and secure environment for firefighters from the entire region to practice a wide range of skills – including confined space operations, forcible entry, rope rescue, high-rise firefighting, and roof ventilation. Equipped with three separate Class A burn rooms and a flashover simulator, actual fire suppression can be practiced without causing harm to the environment. Additionally, the department can use artificial smoke so firefighters can refine search skills in a low-visibility environment.
More information about the Fayetteville Fire Department can be found on the City’s website here: www.fayetteville-ar.gov/fire