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WEB EXCLUSIVE - Safety center going up

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:45 PM

AVERY Construction of specialized training modules at the Coles Public Safety Training Center, located at the western edge of the EHOVE Career Center campus, is taking place with the installation of steel beams for the five-story fire behavior tower and labs.

Contractor Janotta & Herner has been busy building and assembling specialty training areas, using cranes and front end loaders to install huge piping that will be used for confined space entry training, shipping containers that will become fire behavior labs, and a hazardous materials leak and spill containment pit.

The Firelands Public Safety Training Committee (FPSTC), chaired by Sandusky Fire Department Assistant Chief Paul Ricci, is heading the effort to offer local educational opportunity for firefighters, law enforcement members and EMTs. Formerly, training could be obtained only through distant outside providers.

"This is the culmination of the work of many people," Ricci said. "We're finally filling the training gap that has existed for many years. This is a great time for our safety and security forces. The community benefits with the addition of realistic training modules, too."

The need for a public safety training facility in the Erie, Huron and Ottawa county area was established in 2000 and a board (The Firelands Public Safety Training Committee FPSTC) was formed to secure funding and support. The $715,000 complex will include a main structure, a multipurpose building, complete with two burn rooms and a five-story tower with stairways, balconies, and an elevator shaft when complete.

The complex also includes several hazard-specific training modules. Built specifically for training purposes, this facility will provide the highest quality training in a safe, controlled environment for police, fire, and EMS personnel as well as industrial safety brigades.

EHOVE has leased 6.37 acres to the FPSTC for this project. FPSTC has raised all funds used for this construction privately, including a lead donation from Mick and Lisa Coles of Milan. Area foundations and benefactors have donated to the project as well. No school tax dollars will be used to build the center. The center was named for Milan benefactors Mick and Lisa Coles for their generous monetary gift for center construction.

For more information contact Paul Ricci at (419) 627-5821.

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