Albion will have new fire/rescue training facility

web, 5-17, fire-rescue facilityA new fire and rescue training facility will be coming to Albion by late August or early September.
Albion City Council accepted a bid of $208,355 last Tuesday night, May 9. Albion Fire & Rescue is expecting delivery within 120 days.
Cost of the prefabricated steel structure will be shared by the Albion Volunteer Fire Department and Albion Rural Fire District 1.
The accepted bid from Fire Training Structures, LLC, of Phoenix, AZ, includes the structure, delivery and installation, and associated equipment, as well as training for firemen who will be using the building. The accepted bid included a larger removable live-fire burn room and additional facilities. Concrete and perimeter fencing are not included in the bid.
The other bid of $191,317 was received from American Fire Training Systems, Inc. of Rockport, IL, but it did not include all bid specifications.
“This facility will help make us a better department. It will allow us to coordinate training with other area departments and enable us to host specialized training courses,” said Albion Fire Chief Bruce Benne.
The training structure will be located north of the Albion Fire Station. It will have a footprint 16 feet wide by 42 feet long.
The structure will allow various types of live fire training, interior attack, roof ventilation, and search and rescue. It will include a rappelling tower that can be used for training in grain bin or rope rescue.
This will be the first training structure of its kind in the area. It is intended for use by volunteer departments within a radius of 40 to 50 miles. Benne noted, for example, the facility could be used by the 18 member departments of the Mid-Nebraska Mutual Aid Association.
Planning for this structure has been underway for several months. The bids were opened May 4 by city and fire department officials.
The fire department and rural board recommended accepting the higher of the two bids from Fire Training Structures, LLC of Phoenix, AZ, because that was the only bid that met the specifications.