East Courtenay fire training ground site clearing underway

  • Sep. 24, 2014 2:00 p.m.

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The Courtenay Fire Department training ground in East Courtenay has taken another step forward, as tree cutting and site preparation began this week.

The 3.36-acre property is located on Waters Place off Lerwick Road, between Home Depot, Costco, and the BC Hydro substation.

The facility will feature a training area encircled by a built-to-scale city street, working fire hydrants, and space for driver training and pumper operator training.

The highlight of the facility will be a new live fire training building.

Constructed from cost-effective sea containers, the building will offer natural gas fire simulation and artificial smoke, and the ability to turn the fire on and off by a switch.

Movable walls and floor plans will simulate a residential home, hotel, motel, or commercial building.

The projected completion for the training ground is May 2015.

Planning for a second satellite fire hall will begin in 2015, subject to further design and cost review.

For more information on the fire service review, including background reports and presentations, visit www.courtenay.ca.

 

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