By JIM MAURER
The Hancock County commissioners on Tuesday told City of Findlay officials the county will allocate $100,000 toward a planned fire training center in the city.
Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn and Fire Chief Josh Eberle attended the commissioners’ regular meeting to get definitive support for the proposal. Commissioners Mark Gazarek, Brian Robertson and Tim Bechtol all voiced approval of the idea. A resolution will be considered next week.
The $1 million Simulated Tactical Response and Incident Command Training Center (STRICT) will be a multi-agency training complex constructed behind Findlay’s Fire Station 4 on Hancock County 236.
Muryn thanked the commissioners for their support and said it will benefit the county with improved training for regional fire departments.
So far, the city has allocated $250,000 toward the project and the Marathon Petroleum Corp. has pledged $125,000. Another $10,000 has been donated by the Hancock County Firefighters Association. The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation has awarded a conditional grant of $100,000 toward the project, dependent on receipt of other funds.
Muryn said the city is waiting for a response from the state about additional funding.
Construction is planned to begin this fall with completion in spring of 2021.
The center will be built in two stages: a training building estimated at about $700,000, and a live fire “burn building” estimated at about $300,000.
The training building or the “tower building” will have two independent training structures. There will be a “search house” similar to a two-story residence and a “confined-space” training structure. The burn building will have two rooms downstairs and one upstairs. A swing-out wall section and a movable central panel-maze area would keep training from becoming routine.
Use of the training complex would be free to all emergency responders in Findlay and Hancock County. Outside agencies will pay a fee.
The training center will save departments travel time and expense. A schedule will be developed, Eberle has said, as multiple groups will be able to use the two structures simultaneously.