FARMERS BRANCH ~ Years of planning and coordination have given way to the moving of dirt as construction has begun on the state-of-the-art Fire Training Tower that will be shared by Farmers Branch, Carrollton and Coppell's departments.
Soon to rise on 1.5 acres behind the Bob Phelps Fire Administration Building at 13333 Hutton Drive in Farmers Branch, the Tower will be jointly operated by the three agencies with proportional training time shared according to the size of each fire/rescue department.
The $2.4 million, six-story structure will feature more than 7,000 square-feet of space for all manner of public safety training. State-of-the-art fire science technology will be incorporated in three burn rooms for various fire rescue and control scenarios.
"The height of the structure will allow for practice on multi-story rescues and the flexibility to conduct multiple exercises," said Farmers Branch Fire Chief Steve Parker. "This project is the latest example of regional cooperation where we pool our resources to produce maximum benefit for our citizens.”
Ground is moving behind the Farmers Branch Bob Phelps Fire Administration Building on Hutton Drive in Farmers Branch.
Farmers Branch, along with Carrollton, Coppell and Addison recently launched the North Texas Emergency Communications Center, a joint public safety dispatch center, designed to streamline calls and provide seamless service in each community.
Cost for the construction and operation of the facility will be shared by the three departments. The new Fire Training Tower should be complete by the winter of 2016/17.
"Smaller departments typically can't afford to build a facility like this on their own and they can frequently have difficulty scheduling training time on another agency's tower," Chief Parker said. "But, putting our heads together, our three agencies have been able to make this happen and that will only benefit the citizens of our respective communities with the best-trained personnel in the area."