City moving on plan for fire training center

Miles City Council unanimously approved the Miles City Fire and Rescue to move forward on establishing a Fire Training Center.

At the proposed center, firefighters would be able to train locally for fighting fires, rescue maneuvers and emergency medical responses.

Currently the department is looking into a long-term low-interest loan to pay for it. 

“The extreme high price” of the center is estimated at $225,000, according to Mike Miller of the department. He is hopeful they can get it for less.

While the department originally had looked at developing land behind Brush Trucking (east of Miles City), it is now focusing on placing it behind the fire and rescue station on Main Street.

In what was going to be a police and firefighter training center, Miller reported the police didn’t think they would be using the center much, so the center didn’t need the building to be as big.

The fire department discovered there are many problems with developing the land east of Miles City, including environmental testing (since it was once a waste water plant) and the high cost of plumbing it.

Having the building behind the fire hall would discourage vandalism and “every shift, every day” would be able to use it with it being so close.