PCB Fire Rescue to get a new state-of-the-art training tower

PANAMA CITY BEACH Fla. (WMBB) – Panama City Beach Fire Rescue is one more step towards securing a new state-of-the-art fire training tower.

Panama City Beach City Council on Wednesday approved the architectural contract for an all-new state-of-the-art fire training tower. The majority of this project will be funded by a state grant.

Firefighters say this is going to be crucial in keeping firefighters on top of their game.

It will have multiple floors and will be used to perform exercises in the real world.

Deputy Chief Justin Bush said that PCB Fire Rescue currently has to rely on the community for the training space. He said it will put this need in their own backyard.

“It will be several floors and then several configurations of different types of layouts and structures that we come across,” Bush said. “Also some quotes on things we can tear from forced entry props so we can practice those skills and put ladders in the building.”

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The state will spend a little over 600 thousand dollars to build the tower.

Mayor Mark Sheldon said the city will make the difference, which will likely be around $ 200,000 to $ 400,000.

“We’re looking to make sure we have the best fire and police team we can have,” said Sheldon. “This fire tower will provide our fire department with an incredible convenience and resource to ensure they are trained and have the best opportunity to do their best for our citizens.”

Beach fire officials have also said they will make the tower available to all Bay County fire departments to train their firefighters.

Mayor Sheldon said they hope to start within the next year. As soon as the design is complete, the shovels will be in the ground.

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