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Mayor's Coffee Held at Fire Training Center
July 14, 2016
Photo courtesy / Lindy Chapman

Around 30 people, including some children were present at the program that was a part of the Mayor's Coffee Wednesday morning. Fire Chief Darrell Wright addressed the group following opening remarks by Mayor Chuck Haney and later introduced Firefighter Tracy Bradley, who was recently honored as the Firefighter of the Year by the Missouri American Legion at their state convention. Twelve firefighters took part in the training program for the general public. City Administrator Ike Holland and Councilman Reed Dupy were also present. PICTURED: Five firefighters are seen moving in to cool a tank and relieving pressure of liquid propane. The propane tank is on the grounds of the fire department's training center and was a part of the 45-minute program by fire department personnel.

Chief Wright and Chief Knouse speak at Mayor's Quarterly Coffee
By BRITTANY TUTT
July 10, 2015

C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt

CAPTION: Yesterday morning the Mayor's Coffee was held at the new Chillicothe Fire Training Facility which just opened in November. Fire Chief Darrell Wright and Police Chief Rick Knouse both spoke at the meeting about their departments. At the beginning of the meeting, fire training techniques were demonstrated. To the left, Eric McKenzie and Nathan Zabka repel themselves down the 55 foot center to demonstrate a high angle rescue. A "bail out" was also demonstrated, which is used when a firefighter needs to get out of a burning building as quickly as possible. Also, Chief Knouse brought along some bullet proof vests and a gun that the department uses, to show those that attended the coffee.

The quarterly Mayor's Coffee was held at the new fire training facility located at 1301 Green Street in southwest Chillicothe. Fire Chief Darrell Wright and Police Chief Rick Knouse were both in attendance to give updates on their departments. The event started with firefighter paramedics, Eric McKenzie and Nathan Zabka, demonstrating a few techniques that are taught at the new Chillicothe Fire Training Center. First, they demonstrated a high angle rescue from 55 feet. They started at the very top of the facility and repelled themselves down the facility perfectly in control using ropes. Firefighter paramedics also demonstrated a bail out, which is a technique used to get out of a burning building fast. After demonstrations were over, Wright spoke to the crowd about what a great accomplishment the fire training center is. Because of this training center, firefighters are able to participate in live burn situations, rope rescue, well rescue, forcible entry, search and rescue and ladder practice. The design features also allow different aspects of firefighting to be taught which include basement fires, fires on decks, and navigation up and down stairways, roof ventilation and many other skill sets. Wright said he is very proud of the facility and he even had a few people tell him it couldn't be done in the beginning stages. According to Wright, the training center is used by Chillicothe firefighters regularly; and the facility is not only a great asset to our firefighters, but our community as a whole. Because of the center, firefighters are better trained to protect Chillicothe and the center has also helped Chillicothe's local economy by bringing in out-of-town trainees. The training center is not only utilized by Chillicothe and area volunteer firefighters, but out-of-town emergency management agencies as well. According to Wright, many different training classes have been hosted at the training center for out-of-town and out-of-state firefighters as well. The ribbon cutting for the Chillicothe Fire Training Center was held in November. The facility is 4,300 square-foot, is five stories tall and has six training levels. The facility is shared with Grand River Technical School in an effort to enhance the current programs at the school and also bring in young recruits to help the fire department maintain adequate staffing. GRTS also provides instructors for training classes held at the facility. The training facility project cost around $423,000 and was largely paid for through the city's fire tax. Local foundations, however, pumped $150,000 into the project, and the city paid $10,000. The engineer's estimate for the facility was $700,000, but costs were kept low because much of the work was done in-house. Cities, such as, Liberty, Moberly and a town in Iowa have been examining the Chillicothe Fire Training Center in hopes of building replicas of their own, according to Wright. Wright also mentioned there will be some dirt and concrete work done in the facility soon and that a shelter house will soon cover the tables and benches recently set up outside of the facility. 

Chief Knouse announced at the Mayor's Coffee that a shooting range for the police department is hoped to be completed soon next to the training center.

National Guard Partners with City for Training Venue
January 13, 2015

The city of Chillicothe and the Missouri National Guard have entered into an agreement that allows the Guard to use property surrounding the city's new fire training site in southwest Chillicothe for Guard training and dry drills. There are approximately 20 acres of land at the training site. According to the agreement, which was unanimously approved by the City Council Monday evening, January 12, 2015, the Battery B, 1-129th Field Artillery unit of the National Guard would use the site from time to time for training purposes, including training for the M77 howitzer occupations, manual and digital gunnery training and other field artillery specific mission essential tasks. There would be no firing of weapons. Up to 90 soldiers would train in an active duty status on the property. Training is critical to maintain efficiency as a field artillery battery, the agreement stated, adding that use of this property within minutes of the armory would allow the soldiers to keep their skills honed and practice fiscal responsibility. The unit would not erect any permanent structures on the land and all temporary structures and equipment would be promptly removed at the completion of the training, according to the agreement.

Thank you to everyone who attended our ribbon cutting, dedication, and open house at the new Fire Training Center, 1301 Green Street, 11:30 a.m., November 5, 2014. Reception dinner meal was provided by Grand River Technical School. Thanks you for your support. Meat was provided by Adam and Ron Wolf. A very special thank you to Bishop Hogan and Mary Garr and the kids. They really made today special. Also, thank you to the community for attending as well as our partners, fellow government agencies and the press. This project will have a big impact in ways that we cannot measure but will appreciate as our Firefighters perform their work safely over the next decade! Kind Regards, Ike Holland -- MORE PHOTOS

Fire Training Center Plans Open House
10/27/14

Crews made quick work of the firefighting training facility on Monday with the use of a crane that set the pieces in place. The facility is located at 1301 Green Street on land provided by Chillicothe Municipal Utilities. The 4,300 square-foot training facility is five stories and has six training levels. The facility will be shared with Grand River Technical School in an effort to enhance the current programs at the school and also bring in young recruits to help the fire department maintain adequate staffing. The crane began putting the facility together at 8:30 a.m. and by 5 p.m., the facility was completed. The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting, dedication and open house that is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

Fire Training Center Nearing Completion; Tower Assembly to Begin Soon
October 8, 2014
BY Brittany Tutt

The Chillicothe Fire Department's training center is soon to be completed. The fire center's groundbreaking was on May 6, 2014, at 1301 Green Street. The fire tax was passed in 2003. The training facility will be 3,840 square-feet and will be shared with Grand River Technical School in an effort to enhance the current programs at the school and also bring in good young recruits to help the fire department maintain adequate staffing. The facility will provide firefighters the opportunity to participate in live burn situations, rope rescue, well rescue, forcible entry, search and rescue and ladder practice.


C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley
CAPTION: Installation of fence at the new fire training center was completed Monday, according to Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright.
This was the last project needed to be completed before parts of the training center are delivered for assembly.

So far, the driveway, the pad to set the tower on, gravel road all around the center, water lines and electricity have all been completed. Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright said the fencing was finished on Monday evening around 7 p.m. The only thing left to do is wait on the training center itself to arrive, Wright said. According to Wright, there will be about 10 truckloads of parts of the training center delivered in the next few weeks from Chicago. About five of those truckloads will be delivered around 11 a.m. Thursday. Once all parts of the training center are delivered, it will take about four to five days to assemble the center, according to Wright. The fire center's estimated date of completion is the end of October.

City Council Meeting July 28, 2014 (Excerpt): The council approved a bid of $18,970 from Anchor Fence Corp. to install fencing around the new fire department training tower. American Fire Training Systems, Inc. is designing, constructing, and installing the multi-unit system.

City Approves Bid for Fire Training Center
By Catherine Stortz Ripley
July 15, 2014

Chillicothe City Council member on Monday approved a contract with American Fire Training Systems, Inc., for the fire department's new training center at 1301 Green Street. The action was taken during the council's regular meeting at City Hall on July 14, 2014. American Fire Training Systems, Inc. will design, construct and install a multi-unit training system that will be used to provide basic firefighter training as well as provide training for experienced veterans in a controlled environment. The accepted bid was for $359,997.75. The council approved the contract, subject to the terms of the payment being approved by the administrator and the mayor. The training facility will be 3,840 square-feet and will provide firefighters the opportunity to participate in live burn situations, rope rescue, well rescue, forcible entry, search and rescue and ladder practice. The design features allow different aspects of firefighting to be taught which include basement fires, fires on decks and navigation up and down stairways, roof ventilation and other skill sets.

Chillicothe Fire Training Center in Beginning Stages
June 30, 2014

The Chillicothe Fire Department hopes to open its new training center this fall, but first the center needs to be constructed. There have been a couple of delays since its groundbreaking May 6 at 1301 Green Street according to Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright. However, site work was expected to resume this week. The training project is a commitment from the City of Chillicothe and the Chillicothe Fire Department to fulfill the needs list of the department that was made to Chillicothe voters when the fire tax was passed in 2003. Additional funding is being made available by local foundations and money from the city's general fund as well as land and in-kind donations. The training facility will be 3,840 square-feet and will be shared with Grand River Technical School in an effort to enhance the current programs at the school and also bring in good young recruits to help the fire department maintain adequate staffing. "It allows us to recruit and hire the top guns from one of the best available programs," Wright stated. The facility will provide firefighters the opportunity to participate in live burn situations, rope rescue, well rescue, forcible entry, search and rescue and ladder practice. The building bids for the construction have been turned into the city and the department and engineers are reviewing the bids that will be presented to the city council in early July.

Dirt Work Begins at City's Fire Department Training Center
May. 20, 2014
Submitted Photo

Work has started at the site of the new fire department training center that will be built in southwest Chillicothe. The dirt work began last week and is expected to be completed this week. The City Council has approved a bid from Terracon to conduct core drilling samples, and roadwork will begin once core samples are complete, according to Fire Chief Darrell Wright. The city street department will be building the road as time permits. Specifications for the project are complete and out to staff for review and revisions.

The building exceeds height requirements for the area and will be considered by the city's Planning and Zoning Board in June. All other requirements for this area have been met, Wright said.

A town hall meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 22, in the training room of the Chillicothe Fire Department. This will allow the public to view the project and have any questions they may have answered. The plan is to finalize specifications and go out for bid in June.

Fire Training Center; City Breaks Ground for New Facility
By Catherine Stortz Ripley
May 7, 2014

CAPTION: City officials and firefighters break ground for a $400,000 firefighting training tower in southwest Chillicothe. The facility will be constructed at 1301 Green Street.


C-T Photos / Catherine Stortz Ripley

City officials and firefighters broke ground Tuesday afternoon for a $400,000 firefighting training tower in southwest Chillicothe. The facility will be constructed at 1301 Green Street on land provided by Chillicothe Municipal Utilities. The project is a commitment from the city of Chillicothe and the Chillicothe Fire Department to fulfill the needs' list of the department that was made to Chillicothe voters when the fire tax was passed in 2003. Additional funding for the project is being made available by local foundations. Although approved for funding in 2003, a training facility has long been a desire of the city and fire department. "This is a proud moment in the history of the fire department," said Fire Chief Darrell Wright to those gathered for the ceremony. "Our department can only be as good as our people and our equipment. This facility lets us take that step from a good department to a great department. The training opportunities provided by this facility will give hands-on training and allow teams to work together."

The training facility will be 3,840 square-feet and will be shared with Grand River Technical School in an effort to enhance the current programs at the school and also bring in good young recruits to help the fire department maintain adequate staffing. "It allows us to recruit and hire the top guns from one of the best available programs," Wright said. The facility will provide firefighters the opportunity to participate in live burn situations, rope rescue, well rescue, forcible entry, search and rescue and ladder practice. The design features allow different aspects of firefighting to be taught which include basement fires, fires on decks, and navigation up and down stairways, roof ventilation and many other skill sets.

Jayme Caughron, director of Grand River Technical School, also addressed the ceremony crowd and said that GRTS is excited to be a part of the project. "With this type of facility, they can go through the scenarios they are going to face on the job and that is going to help them operate efficiently and effectively, and most of all, safely."

Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney expressed appreciation to the people of Chillicothe who said they wanted progress and voted for the fire tax. "We're giving them what they asked for," Haney said. "The training center will be another true asset to our city. This is important and it will be here for years to come." The city of Chillicothe will benefit from the tower's construction as well. Wright stated that last year, the department held two 3-day classes that sold 90 motel room nights and more than 300 meals. "The GRTS programs bring 40 to 50 meals per week in out-of-town students, not including other items such as fuel that they buy while here," he said. "As this facility grows, it will increase those numbers." Haney also thanked Councilman Tom Douglas who has been a strong proponent of keeping the training center project in the forefront of discussions. Others taking part in ceremony were Assistant Fire Chiefs Kevin Hoskins and Eric Reeter, elected officials and firefighters.

At the close of the comments by elected officials and firefighters, each person was given the opportunity to turn a shovel of dirt, signifying the start of construction. The project is expected to be completed by this fall. Assistant Fire Chief Eric Reeter provided a closing prayer.

CFD Plans Training Tower
April 30, 2014 CT

The Chillicothe Fire Department will be building a new training tower located on property formerly owned by Chillicothe Municipal Utilities at 1301 Green Street. The project will be completed with the assistance of three local foundations, Chillicothe Municipal Utilities, and the City of Chillicothe. The Mervyn W. Jenkins Foundation, Jerry Litton Family Foundation, and the Joe and Lenore Lambert Foundation each made a $50,000 pledge to the training tower project. The $150,000 in pledges will be added with $10,000 from the city's general fund, land and in-kind donations from CMU in the amount of $20,000. The balance of the $400,000 project will come from the department's dedicated fire tax fund.

This is not a new idea, but one that was promised to the voters in 2003 when the fire tax was passed. The training facility will be 3,840 square feet and will be shared with the Grand River Technical School in an effort to enhance the current programs at the school and also bring in good young recruits to help the fire department maintain adequate staffing. Chillicothe fire fighters will be able to participate in live burn situations, rope rescue, well rescue, forcible entry, search and rescue, and ladder practice. The design features allow different aspects of firefighting to be taught which include basement fires, fires on decks, and navigation up and down stairways, roof ventilation, and many other skill sets.

Construction is expected to be completed by this fall.

City to See New Fire Training Center
February 25, 2014
By CALLI PRICE, C-T


The City of Chillicothe will see a new training center around the end of the year. Fire Chief Darrell Wright appeared before the Chillicothe City Council at the regular bi-monthly meeting Monday evening, February 24, 2014, to present a proposal for a new fire training center. The funds for the training center would mainly come from the city's fire tax funds and would primarily be designed for use by the Chillicothe Fire Department. Wright said that the building could be expanded and used by the Chillicothe Police Department in the future, with funds for the expansion coming from another source, but those plans have not been developed yet.

The training center would be around 4,300 square-feet, with five floors and six training levels. The center would possibly include stairwells, balconies, doors designed for forced entry, an elevator for elevator rescue training, an angled shingled roof and a sprinkler system. These props are just some of the proposed inclusions, and would allow for officers to gain experience with situations such as live fire training, rope training, confined space rescue and high angle rescue. Should the police department expand to utilize the facility, they would be able to train officers for low light scenarios, active shooter situations, stairway negotiations, tactical training and other training situations.

The council approved to add the project to the 2014-2015 budget, and the project will cost an estimated $400,000. Money from the fire tax, as well as a few local foundations that have not yet been confirmed, will pay for the training center. Wright said he would like to have the center finished around September 2014, depending on funds and project bids. Councilman Third Ward Tom Douglas said he approved the idea because it would be a great addition to the community, and it was something that was promised when we went to the people to get the tax passed. "This was the last item on that list. It'll be a great support for our firemen."

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