LAYTON, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The Layton City Fire Department hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday for the city's first fire training facility.
The three story training facility allows firefighters to practice real life fire scenarios, but in a controlled environment.
The 1.3 million dollar facility will be used for firefighters to practice responding to structure fires.
Practicing in the facility for the first time, eight year firefighter, Ryan Becraft says the training facility was needed and is very beneficial to not only crew, but the community. “It's going to be a huge benefit to us. It's definitely going to improve our skills and help our preparedness for the community so we can always be response ready and be safe when we do it,” says Becraft.
Layton Fire Chief Kevin Ward says the training facility allows crews to be in a much safer environment while learning necessary skills while out in the field. "Traditionally we've had to use either acquired buildings getting ready to be demolished or be renovated and there has been a big safety concern for our personnel," says Chief Ward.
Now Firefighters like Becraft can train in a much safer environment, allowing him to focus on his firefighting skills. “It will help me to improve. You get into the fire service and your basically always learning. There is always furthering your education and improvement to be done and by being able to come out here and use this facility it will help us be the best that we can be," says Becraft.
The training facility is open to all Davis County fire departments and is completely paid for through city impact fees.