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Per the Insurance Services Office (ISO), firefighters are expected to annually complete the following minimum training:
192 hours of company training
18 hours of facility training
6 hours of hazardous materials training
additional driver and officer training
additional specialty specific training (confined space, trench rescue, rope rescue, etc.)
To qualify for ISO "facility training," the fire training facility must include at a minimum:
Live fire training structure, including smoke room
Drill tower at three stories in height
Training area at least two acres in size
Currently, due to a lack of facility, the CCFD fails to complete the expected 18 hours of facility training. This is not safe for our community or our firefighters.
The CCFD Training Facility
The facility will be located on 6.2 acres, north of the Oasis schools and was of the City's Southwest Water Reclamation Facility.
City Council has approved agreements with Sweet Sparkman Architects for design and Wright Construction for build.
Design is currently in process with the goals of maximizing the location now and into the future, being cost-effective, and being good neighbors.
When the design is completed, a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) will be developed.
City Council will be presented the GMP for final approval, and, if approved, construction will state soon thereafter.
Why does the Cape Coral Fire Department need a Training Facility?
Per the Insurance Services Office (ISO), firefighters are expected to annually complete 18 hours of facility training. Currently, due to a lack of facility, the CCFD fails to complete the expected 18 hours of facility training and this can effect homeowners’ insurance rates.
Are the materials used at the Training Facility safe?
Yes, all materials used at the facility are safe and non-toxic. Fire will be created using propane fire props. This is a clean burning gas that people use regularly in grills at their home. Smoke will be created using a smoke-simulator. The liquid used and smoke created is non-toxic and dissipates quickly. It is the same as what is used recreationally in haunted houses, theater performances, concerts, and nightclubs.
Will there be excess noise and light pollution caused by the Training Facility?
In addition to a fence with screening, there will be approximately 50 feet of natural vegetation to buffer light and sound from areas neighboring the facility. These areas should experience no more light or noise than is currently produced by the SW Water Plant.