OSCEOLA – The Osceola Firefighters are hard at work, building a new training facility that will help keep multiple department prepared for emergencies.
Osceola Fire Chief Toby Watts says the process of building the facility has moved along quickly. The discussion around the training building began in January, and fire fighters are currently working on the construction phase.
“When we do a structure fire, we go in and we train inside of a live structure, then we have to wait to burn it down to the ground, and then what this [training facility will allow us to do, on a meeting night we can do an interior burn training, and we don’t have to wait to burn it down. With a lot of the regulations now, it’s getting harder and harder to burn down live structures,” says Watts.
A recent house fire in Osceola, required help from several area departments, that will also be training and utilizing the facility.
Watts says they current share a ladder truck with Stromsburg Fire and Polk Fire, and he says this will take the cohesiveness of those departments to the next level.
“Like with the ladder truck, it’s brought our three departments really close together. We’ve always had a really close working relationship with Shelby, and the other neighboring departments, and so this will just make it even better,” says Watts.
Watts says they are hoping for a completion date of late summer or early fall, and he says they are very thankful to Frontier Coop for providing the land for them to build on. The training station is located across the street from the Fire Department on North Nance Street.