South Bend fire safety training center could open by fall

South Bend's proposed fire safety training center could be up and running as early as late fall.

On Monday, Chief Steve Cox showed Common Council members some of the plans for the Luther J. Taylor Senior Fire Safety Training Center.

It will be located on a piece of property the city already owns at High and Sample streets.

The roughly $4 million dollar building will include a classroom, burn building and car extrication area.

Cox says it will be the only training facility of its kind in northern Indiana.

Cox says he's also looking into available grants.

“These types of facilities are relatively expensive to build. They're also difficult to find infrastructure to make them affordable to build as we have to run infrastructure all the way out to that facility,” describes Cox.

Luckily, much of the infrastructure required is already in place at the site they've selected.

The department plans to fund the training facility, along with construction of Fire Station No. 5, through a 20-year bond.

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