The state-of-the-art, pre-engineered, steel constructed structure is a 2 1/2 story burn building that is attached to a three-story training tower. The training facility, which comes with a
The town appropriated
The new facility is set to be dedicated on
The fire department was able to keep costs within budget since staff acted as the general contractor, purchased the building materials, bid the assembly and maintained a constant presence on-site.
The town sought to construct a training facility in 2014 after the Insurance Services awarded the department an ISO rating of 4/4Y. The department lost valuable points in the areas of emergency communications dispatching and training, according to the release.
However, the department's rating has a direct effect on the fire insurance costs borne by commercial and residential property owners.
By providing the department's 129-member professional volunteer firefighters with a place to train, Seward said he hopes to increase the agency's ISO rating. By having a formal training site in town, Seward said the department aims to improve the morale of its membership, diversify its training program, share its resources with its mutual aid partnerships and elevate the level of competence within the agency.
"We are an all-hazards fire department, delivering rapid and effective services to our community. We support our neighbors and they continue to support us; mutual aid cooperation is necessary based upon the state and federal laws, regulations and standards by which the fire service must operate today," Seward said in the release.
Last year, the
In addition to the dedication ceremony on
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