Saturday, August 20, 2022

Wyoming County: Expanding Capabilities, Improving Buildings:
$2 million renovation project approved at Fire Training Center on Wethersfield

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A $2 million capital project will renovate the Wyoming County Fire Training Center on Wethersfield Road. The project was approved Tuesday by the county’s Board of Supervisors. A total of $597,289 in federal funding secured by Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-Orchard Park, will help cover the costs.

“The intention is to begin the project in late winter/early spring of 2023,” said Director Brian Meyers of the county’s Fire and Emergency Management Department. “The project that was approved by the board will allow the Building and Grounds Department to identify an architect to complete a design and a construction firm to manage the project.”

The facility’s main building needs a complete renovation, Meyers said. Insulation has fallen out of place in multiple parts of the building, creating moisture issues, he said. Overhead door jams have also rusted through due to inadequate heating and cooling. 

“Additionally, the existing classroom is too small to meet the needs of the county first responders and at times we have to run a second training course in truck bays,” Meyers said, adding that the remainder of the facility will likewise receive a series of upgrades.

The county’s backup 911 center — located onsite — will be expanded to accommodate new equipment needs. The work will also allow for a minimum of two classrooms, including one which will serve as the county’s Emergency Operations Center when needed. The latter will be equipped with audio/visual equipment needed to fill the role.

The renovations will also include ADA-compliant restrooms; office space for state fire instructors assigned to the county; truck bays to house emergency response equipment; and temperature-controlled storage for EMS supplies, personal protective equipment and hazardous materials equipment.

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