CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - For nearly five years, area firefighters have been honing their skills at the Franklin County Public Safety Training Center, and the county's Fire Chiefs Association wants to expand the training facilities there within the next few years.
A combination of state, county, municipal and private grants and donations helped get the center built and kept it running since October 2003, said Kenneth North, the association's training coordinator. He told a meeting of township officials from across the county this week that the association plans to add high-rise, vehicle rescue and other training stations at the center at 3075 Molly Pitcher Highway.
Planned additions to the center could cost $200,000 or more, North said. The high-rise fire tower would cost between $50,000 and $100,000, he said.
A simulator for propane tank fires will cost about $25,000 and a confined space rescue simulator about $15,000, North said. A trench rescue simulator will cost about $20,000 and a fire engine pump testing station about $40,000, he said.