Regional Fire Training Building

$180 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 17 days
Created January 31, 2019
Fire Departments across the area stand ready with men and women who are willing to answer calls for help from their community. 

Many of these Fire Departments are staffed with volunteers, all while training requirements and demands on them increase.  While the training demands increase, these men and women are forced to do more with less. This is a growing problem within the fire service, nationally for full-time and volunteer firefighters.

Did you know that when a firefighter is practicing search and rescue, or practicing going into a burning building with a hose, most often they practice that by using "fog" from a fog machine like you'd find at a wedding or a school dance?  Or they wear a sleep mask over their eyes so they can't see?  This is supposed to replicate what it's like going into a burning building to look for people and fire with no visibility.  The building they use to practice in, is usually their own fire station or a building they've been lucky enough to use after business hours.

Suffice it to say, we can all agree that this isn't realistic to an kind of fire emergency.  Never the less, we train to the best of our ability with what we have available.

The Essexville Public Safety Department Firefighters Association has acquired land and several donations to launch our campaign to bring a regional training building to our area.

The building, for lack of better description, is made from metal shipping containers to replicate a two story home.  One of these containers is specially designed to be able to light fires in it over and over again, multiple times per day. 

THIS allows firefighters to practice and train to the highest standard to ensure that WHEN an emergency strikes, the responders are not trained to the standard of a smoke machine or sleep mask, but trained to the standard of as close to reality as possible.  At the end of the day, these fire departments strive to train to the standard of which their community expects from them.

During real emergencies, there are no "do-overs".  With this training facility, there are as many "do-overs" as needed to make sure skills are sharp. 

The goal and vision with this building is that will be open and available to all the departments in the Great Lakes Bay Region.  So far, there has been wild support from area Fire Chiefs.  The question was posed, "why don't the cities and townships fund this."  A valid question. However, at the end of the day it comes down to available money.

Go Fund Me, isn't our first option for raising funds, and we do so very humbly. We have exhausted attempts from local or regional philanthropic organizations with limited success.

Once the target goal is reached, the plan will be to move forward with this by establishing a consortium of area departments to make this training building the most beneficial for all agencies in the Great Lakes Bay Region. 

This building will truly help the men and women who serve their communities do so safer, more proficiently and confidently.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. 36700048_1548941099998404_r.jpegThe photo attached here is a rendering of the structure that we are hoping to bring to our community.  The longevity of this structure can be as much a 50 years.  Inside are movable walls, doors, stairways and designated areas to light repeated fires.
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$180 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 17 days
Created January 31, 2019
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