First Responder Training Center in Carbon County

The installation should be completed by September.

NESQUEHONING, PA – Carbon County Sheriff’s office know how essential training is to their jobs, but it’s been several years since they and other first responders had their own facility to do so.

“All local law enforcement would have to leave the county and go to where the training was taking place, which is very expensive,” Carbon County Sheriff Daniel Zeigler said.

Construction of the new Carbon County Training Center is underway and by fall, county police, firefighters and EMS won’t have to travel far for training.

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein is a volunteer firefighter with the Lehighton Fire Department and a member of the training center committee.

“We talked about a lot of different sites. It’s right next to the communications center, emergency management. A more secure area, etc. So that was an ideal site,” Nothstein said.

The center will include a four-story fire training structure built to simulate a variety of potential emergency scenarios.

It will also have milling practice areas and towers for high angle rescues.

Although not yet done, the first floor of the training center will feature moveable walls. They will allow the police to set up different room layouts for different situations.

“We can train with local EMS and firefighters,” Sheriff Zeigler said. “In the society we live in now – we know what happened in Texas yesterday – you see the multiple law enforcement responses that are needed to deal with this.”

During a press conference on the site, the members of the training center announced the creation of a fund to support the operations of the establishment.

“They will help us pay bills and future operations of the facility,” Commissioner Nothstein said. “Electricity, propane, propane accessories, equipment that we might need, or training accessories, things of that nature, maintenance, repairs.”

The installation should be completed by September.

To make a donation to the training center, click hereor call the Carbon County Community Foundation at 1-855-545-1311.

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