The Wichita Fire Department broke ground today on the Regional Training Facility at 4780 E. 31st South. The 25,000 square foot training facility will be built on the existing Training Facility property that currently includes a “state of the art” training tower. It will feature classrooms that can be configured into large meeting spaces. One of the enhancements to this property will be the increased ability to use digital media including video conferencing with the Fire Stations.
“The Regional Training Center will allow the Fire Department to take training to a whole new level,” Wichita Fire Chief Ronald D. Blackwell said. “It’s a tremendous asset which will be used by Wichita firefighters and other firefighters from across the nation.”
“Our increased training capability from the advanced technology will benefit the citizens we serve.” Wichita Deputy Fire Chief Ron Aaron said. “Responding with properly trained and equipped firefighters is essential to keep pace with public expectations for emergency incident management.”
“Wichita firefighters are well known across the Country as well trained firefighters. Safety Training Chief Billy Wenzel said. “Many Wichita Firefighters teach firefighting skills regionally and nationally. The new training facility will give us a platform to bring that training here to the benefit of the entire region.”
The $4 million dollar facility is being built by Conco Construction and scheduled to be completed by December of this year.