WHAT: Groundbreaking Ceremony – Boise Fire Department Training Facility
WHO: Mayor David Bieter, Boise City Council members and Fire Chief Dennis Doan
WHERE: 12142 West Joplin Road, near the City of Boise Watershed facility off of Chinden Boulevard
WHEN: 11 a.m., Friday, April 7
The City of Boise and the Boise Fire Department will hold a ground breaking ceremony for the new Boise Fire Department training facility at 12142 West Joplin Road.
The new training facility is being built thanks to voter approval of a public safety bond that passed in 2014 and it’s an essential part of firefighter training. Live fire training is not only important for new fire fighters, it is also important for veteran firefighters to continue to hone their skills through training and exposure to a variety of scenarios.
The new facility will meet the National Fire Protection Association’s standards for training new and existing firefighters. The state-of-the-art facility will include a five-story training tower that is able to simulate the following urban environments for training scenarios:
- First floor: Hotel lobby, warehouse space, retail space
- Second floor: Mall/Retail shops
- Third floor: Private offices and cubicles
- Fourth floor: Hotel rooms with balconies
- Fifth floor: Suite/apartment layout
The facility will also serve as a training platform for the technical rescue team, and the administrative building will house two classrooms and office space for training captains.
**Note for the groundbreaking: Please wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for dust and unpaved terrain.