A grand opening and ribbon cutting and open house for the new Cape Fear Community College Safety Training Center was held on Thursday, September 11 at the college's North Campus on Blue Clay Road. It was especially appropriate to hold the event on Patriot Day as the ceremony also honored First Responders and those who lost their lives on 9-11.
The event featured a plaque dedication ceremony, a special tribute to first responders, tours and demonstrations showing how the center will be used to train emergency personnel. A wide variety of fire, law enforcement and rescue vehicles were on display, including the Wilmington Police Department SABLE helicopter.
The purpose of the center is to offer a wide variety of hands-on and classroom training for firefighters, emergency, rescue and law enforcement officers.
The facility includes two “live burn” buildings used to simulate actual fire conditions in residential and commercial buildings; a seven-story drill tower for drills that include fire hoses, raising and climbing ladders, rope work and confined space training; a vehicle extrication area where students gain hands-on experience in rescuing people from a wide variety of vehicles; and a tear gas building for law enforcement; and a driving range for emergency and law enforcement vehicles.
The facility also includes five classrooms which can accommodate up to 30 students. Each classroom is equipped with a computer and multimedia presentation equipment.
The City of Wilmington contributed $3.5 million to the $10 million facility, which was jointly funded by the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County and Cape Fear Community College.
For more information, contact the CFCC Public Information Office at 362-7020.
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