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CFCC, City and County Break Ground on Safety Center

WILMINGTON - Cape Fear Community College held a ground breaking ceremony for the new Public Safety Training Center on April 20 at 2:00 pm at the college’s North Campus in Castle Hayne. 

The $10 million project is a joint effort between the College, New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington to provide state-of-the-art training for the community’s firefighters, law enforcement and rescue personnel. 

“By working together, the college, county, and city have teamed up to provide a more effective training facility at less expense than had the three agencies acted individually,” said CFCC President Dr. Eric McKeithan. 

The complex will provide emergency workers hands-on experience with small and large scale disaster scenarios in a controlled environment.  The center will provide space for firefighters to train in simulated burning buildings. The facilities will also provide numerous emergency scenarios, such as confined space rescues and vehicular fires, to enhance training.

Providing this type of training facility for emergency workers better assures their safety during rescue missions, helps them serve the public more effectively in rescue situations, and also enables them to receive training close to home in case a real life disaster should occur, Dr. McKeithan said. 

The 36,510 square-foot training center will use approximately 15 acres of CFCC’s North Campus. CFCC donated the land for the facility and contributed $3 million toward construction.  New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington each donated $3.5 million.

Construction of the training center is expected to last ten-months and will begin in May. The center is projected for completion in the spring of 2008. 

The center will include the following facilities:

  • Classroom Building
  • Commercial Burn Building
  • Residential Burn Building
  • Drill Tower
  • Tear Gas Building
  • Control Tower

For more information, contact the CFCC Public Information Office at 362-7020.



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