TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A two-year long process is complete offering firefighters at Honey Creek Fire Department the chance to hone their skills at a new training facility.
This new facility will allow firefighters to simulate rescues and live burns as well as train in other areas that are crucial in their position. New recruit Gregory Slaton believes this facility will provide he and his station the opportunity to stay on their toes.
“A lot of stuff we don’t we don’t do on the daily even guys that are our chiefs that have been doing this for 20 plus years, it can be months in between certain things that we do,” Slaton said. “No one here knows everything. It’s always good to sharpen your skills.”
The new structure cost just over 300,000 dollars according to Honey Creek PIO Josh Sittler who says the money was given by their fire protection board. Not only will this facility be for Honey Creek fire fighters but for other departments and stations as well.
“This was an opportunity because we do a lot of training here,” Sittler said. “What we call multi-company training where all of our companies come together and they do fire training here with each other so they know, hey if i go on a call with this apparatus or with this group of guys, they know what to expect and we do that together. That’s our goal.”
There are many ways firefighters can use the new facility for training purposes.
“There’s a lot of things we couldn’t do prior,” Salton said. “We have a lot of large ladders that we weren’t able to lift. Lots of different types of training. It can do just about anything we need.”