LAYTON -- City officials have awarded the bid for the third phase of a firefighter training facility project in this community.
The city council recently voted unanimously to bid the construction of a training facility truck bay building at approximately 1890 N. Fort Lane to Patriot Construction LCC for $306,946.
The new building is expected to cost between $340,000 and $350,000 when completed, Chief Kevin Ward said, after all costs are factored into the project. Patriot is the same contractor awarded the bid to install infrastructure on the site.
The facility will be adjacent to a new firefighter training tower, which will be the first of its kind in Davis County and will help ease a storage issue for the Layton Fire Department, Ward said.
Ward said the structure eventually will include space for five apparatus bays and space for offices. Work on the training facility is scheduled for completion by early spring.
The training tower will be approximately three stories high and will come with a number of training options. Designed after a similar structure in Park City, the facility is expected to include burn rooms, with special liners that can handle temperatures up to 1,200 degrees.
The facility is also expected to have several special staircases, allowing training for basement fires and a balcony on the third floor to help firefighters simulate rescues from hotels or apartment structures. Firefighters will also be able to practice rappelling off the building.
The facility will also be accessible for training for other groups, including students from Davis Applied Technology College. Councilman Michael Bouwhuis is president of the DATC and said the facility will be a great addition to the city and to what is available to DATC students.