Opelika fire department named regional training center

OEPLIKA, Ala. (WTVM) – The Opelika Fire Department has been named the newest member of the Alabama Fire College’s Regional Training Centers (RTC) team.

Opelika is the 21st regional training center for the Alabama Fire College and the Personnel Standards and Education Commission. The city expects to get an economic boost as the fire department will teach students from across the country.

“It’s good for Opelika Fire, but also for local restaurants, hotels and merchants, as we will now be welcoming and training students from across the country at our facilities,” said Mayor Gary Fuller. “The continued growth of Opelika and the surrounding area makes this opportunity even more important for the development of our fire service.

The RTC network allows Alabama firefighters to receive emergency response training locally in the communities where they live and work, instead of traveling across the state to the Alabama Fire College.

“The City of Opelika has made substantial financial investments in the Opelika Firefighter Training Center to be able to properly handle a designation like this,” Mayor Fuller said.

“I strongly believe that Opelika Fire has one of the best training facilities in the state of Alabama and we continue to try to improve it every day,” OFD Chief Shane Boyd said. “With plans for a new station on the horizon and new staff expected next year, this couldn’t have come at a better time. I know this will lead to a more progressive and better trained fire service. here at Opelika and we are very grateful to the Alabama Fire College for giving us this opportunity.

“It’s evident to me based on the financial investment in their training centers, emergency responders, and by extension the citizens, in the Auburn-Opelika area have the support of their fire chiefs, mayors and other elected officials,” said Matt Russell. , executive director of the Alabama Fire College.

Russell added that Alabama Fire College staff were extremely impressed with the investment the city of Opelika has made to ensure its fire department has the facilities and other resources to provide training. safely.

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