SWFD Plans for New Training Facility

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. - Efforts are underway for a new fire facility in Walton County. South Walton Fire District is ready to take the next step in making their idea a reality. 

Plans have been made and designs are drawn. It's been nearly ten years in the making and South Walton Fire District is ready to build a new multi-million dollar training facility. 

"We will have a four story training tower, as well as, four bay fleet maintenance facility and offices and logistics for storage in the back," said Marc Anderson, Assistant Chief SWFD.

The 26,000 square foot building is estimated to cost roughly $4-5 million. It will centrally locate all fleet maintenance and training for the 84 miles South Walton Fire District covers. 

"The training tower is going to provide us with high fidelity training, that simulate our condos that we have here on the beach. As well as, normal structure fire," explained Anderson. 

South Walton Fire District officials say, it will take anywhere from 12 to 18 months to get the full project up and running. In the past, fire fighters had to travel at least an hour away to get the proper training they needed. 

"Our facility, that we would travel to train on, is at Gulf Coast State College or at Northwest Florida State College," said Anderson. 

South Walton Fire District says, the new facility will give them more opportunities for better training and serving their community. 

Their next step is to put out bids for contractors before they begin the building process. South Walton Fire says, they hope to start construction in November.

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