According to a report from Rome News-Tribune, by the end of 2021, Catoosa County (GA) Fire Department (CCFD) firefighters will be training in a new state-of-the-art training facility after county officials awarded a nearly $600,000 bid for the project on December 15, 2020.
During December’s Board of Commissioner’s meeting, officials agreed to a deal that will bring a multipurpose training tower near the CCFD’s Fire Station 6 on Three Notch Road.
CCFD Assistant Chief Daniel Walston presented the recommendation to the board and explained the processes, from the bidding to what the county can expect with building the new Class A tower.
Walston said the structure will be 5,440 square feet: four stories high with a repel roof on the fifth story. He continued, saying that the department will be able to simulate just about any response with which they can train, such as residential structure fires to commercial-type buildings. With the growth in the county, he said that the new tower will allow the CCFD the ability to create simulation scenarios for all types of buildings.
Regarding the bid process, Walton explained that the CCFD went out to bid earlier in the year, but that only one bid came in, which prompted them to advertise for a second round of bids. During the second round, four companies submitted bids on the project and a committee evaluated those bids closely.
Walston said the final bid was $596,320, and the department wants it to come out of some of its remaining 2014 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. He said that, currently, the CCFD has approximately $929,000 left in those funds. If used, the department would have $332,680 remaining after the purchase of the new tower.
Walston said the facility could be erected by mid-May 2021, and training could begin in early June after the building is finalized and inspections passed.