CFD updating training grounds

The exterior of the new Evolution Training Center in Columbus, Ind., pictured Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The Columbus Fire Department is updating its training grounds by adding a search and rescue and confined space area.

Columbus Board of Works approved a $7,500 contract from Southern Indiana Earthworks for work on the project.

The area will provide additional layouts for firefighters to master searching skills and built-in props such as forced entry, entanglement and floor collapse scenarios, according to firefighters

The department is partnering with Indiana Department of Homeland Security and receives a grant each year through a partnership with the Evolution training facility in Columbus, Columbus Fire Chief Andy Lay said.

The department plans to use four shipping containers and a grain bin as props for the search and rescue and confined space area.

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