Escambia County firefighters plan future training site
by: Amelia Rose Zimlich
CANTONMENT, Fla. (WKRG) – Escambia County Fire Leaders met with local partners at the future site of the ECFR Training Center.
ECFR members met with representatives from Florida Power and Light, Ascend Performance Materials, Gonzalez Utilities, and Escambia County Facilities Management to discuss details of the future training facility, including training props and infrastructure.
The site, located at 319 90 & 9 Ranch Road, once housed the Escambia County Charter School and the Boys’ Ranch. The new training facility will allow ECFR to quickly train firefighters, both full-time and volunteer, in accordance with county guidelines and operational expectations. This will also help with recruitment and retention and allow ECFR to provide in-house training at no cost to future firefighters.
Escambia County is currently working on the architectural and engineering aspects of the project, while ECFR will seek opportunities for grants and other financial resources to help fund construction of the facility.