A new Fire Training Classroom building is opening in Danbury later this month. The Fire Chief put in his monthly report to the City Council Wednesday that the ribbon cutting is set for Sunday the 25th.
The 6,500 square foot facility cost about a million dollars. Council Minority Leader Tom Saadi says he drives by the site because it's located in his Ward. He says many residents have commented on how nice it looks. There is a new gate to the facility. Saadi thanked the Public Works and City Engineer Department for working to make sure there is no traffic jam onto Plumtrees Road once the training school is officially opened.
The building is on the same property as the Department's burn tower, which was rebuilt in 1992. The tower has had some upgrades and renovations since that time. Classroom training is currently run out of a single-wide trailer ,which can only accommodate 15 firefighters.
This building will be used by the career Fire Department, the 12 volunteer companies and those from surrounding towns. While no equipment will be housed at the site, there will be two bays. One will be for a fire engine, one for a tanker truck. The bays will face the burn tower so firefighters can practice getting their gear on and out the door headed toward an emergency situation.