Vandalia hopes to build a training center for first responders

The city’s intent is to provide a facility where police and fire department employees can conduct training drills and drills while on duty, according to the RFP document, allowing for the ability to stop training and respond instantly. to the emergency room with a full crew.

Neighboring fire and police departments could also use the training center.

Funds from facilities and the city’s maintenance fund will go to the project, including monies from the sale of the city’s former fire station. However, Wendt said an estimate of the total cost of the proposed project will only be determined after the master plan is completed and reviewed.

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In 2021, Vandalia’s first fire station, located on Dixie Drive, was razed as part of a construction project. The station had been used primarily for fire training since the Peters Pike Fire Station opened in 2010, according to city spokesman Rich Hopkins.

At this point in the process, Hopkins said, there is no set location for the proposed training center.

“We recognize that a training center would be valuable to our fire and police divisions, and we would like to hire a company to help us determine what this facility should include and where it should be located,” a- he declared.

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