The South Walton Fire District is getting a new training facility that will be located behind the current fire station. The main purposes of the new building are to store equipment used by the fleet and to train firefighters. According to a support representative from the fire department, each room in the structure will feature a different setting. This will allow trainees to get experience in a diverse array of conditions.
It will also be possible to filter smoke into the room as well as create other obstacles that firefighters could encounter while handling a real blaze. It is likely that members of the squad will be training on a daily basis in the facility. Currently, the nearest training facility is at Gulf Coast State College and Northwest Florida State College. As it is 30 miles away, emergency personnel are limited in their training time according to a member of the department.
The total cost of the facility is expected to be about $7.3 million. When broken down, $6.6 million is for the maintenance fleet while the rest is for the training tower itself. It is expected to be completed and ready for use at some point in the spring of 2019. The project itself has been in some part of the planning and development process for the past 10 years.
Construction projects can take a long time to complete and involve multiple parties. Therefore, it is not uncommon for disputes to arise. If a dispute does take place, it may be a good idea to hire someone familiar with construction law and how it may apply in a given situation. While a lawsuit might be necessary, it may also be possible to resolve a disagreement through mediation or some other informal negotiation process.