Linton Fire Department to hold ribbon-cutting Monday at new training facility

Wednesday, July 10, 2024
The new facility under construction in May.
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Members of the Linton Fire Department, along with area officials, will celebrate the opening of Linton’s new Fire Training Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 15 at the site of the new facility located on 12th Street across from the Highway Department garage,

Linton, along with Corydon, Rensselaer and Wabash is one of four locations in the state to have been chosen in the first phase of a large-scale plan to expand physical firefighting training for Hoosiers.

The three-story training tower has several steel venting openings, exterior and interior stairs and two “burn rooms,” each lined with tile flooring, where controlled burns will be set and trainees will have hands-on opportunities to learn to navigate unfamiliar structures through smoke and flames.

Vents in the building can be opened to let in oxygen and simulate fire conditions, and a steel “cut box” roof structure will be added, which can be loaded with two-by-four planks to simulate a roof to give firefighters training on venting house fires through roofs.

After a training session, the planks can be replaced for the next burn.

Several firefighters at the LFD completed a “Train the Trainer” course in order to be able to train their fellow first responders from local departments.

Linton Fire Chief Eric Carpenter said the facility will be ready for controlled burns starting near the end of July or into August, and fencing is planned for the site as well.

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