PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Fire fighters across Wood County now have their own training facility.
In a collaborative effort between 13 different entities in Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown, a new training facility was dedicated Monday night.
Firefighters lit a ceremonial first burn in the building after the dedication and worked together to put it out. The mayors of the three respective cities were there to officially open the tower.
The new facility has been in the works for more than 30 years, and organizers say they can't wait to start using it. Dozens of fire fighters from the county attended the dedication to celebrate the milestone.
Parkersburg Fire Chief, Jason Mathews, says, “If other entities would like to use it, they can contact us and we can, you know, make sure that happens. We just want the training there for everybody and make all of us better."
Paul Jordan is the president of the Wood County Fire Fighters Association. He says, "We’ll be able to do repelling. We’ll be able to do smoke training and fire training. But they will be able to do a lot of rescue type things that you wouldn't do. They can train in a safe environment all throughout the year. And be able to use it at all times through the day and night."
The facility is behind the Parkersburg Fire Department on Camden Avenue. The training facility is a four story warehouse. A building with classrooms is also now available for fire fighters.