Beaver County Fire Departments Want To Build Local Training Facility

Car burning on 6th street in Ambridge.

Car burning on 6th street in Ambridge / photo by John Paul

The Baden Volunteer Fire Department is spearheading efforts to build a training facility for firefighters and emergency response personnel in Beaver County.

The proposed facility would be one of a kind within nearly a 25 mile radius, and would allow rescue personnel to receive both training and certifications in a variety of emergency response skills. The training center would benefit approximately 50 different volunteer fired departments in Beaver County.

The three story concrete structure would have simulated smoke capabilities and offer training scenarios for firefighting tactics including ventilation, forcible entry, search and rescue, hose line advancement, and ground ladder operations. The facility would also offer rescue personnel the opportunity to train in hazardous materials handling, technical rescue techniques, and utility control.

“Certainly not everyone is willing to answer the calls at 2am or on Christmas Day, but everyone can support those who do,” wrote the volunteer firefighters in their call for donations. The group has already acquired land to build the facility on, and architectural drawings for the training center have been finalized.

Approximately $100,000 is needed to complete construction of the structure.

More information about the project is located on the Baden Fire Department’s website. Individuals, organizations, or companies interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the project may do so via their fundraising page on GoFundMe.

photo by John Paul

Housefire in Freedom / photo by John Paul

6 comments

  • Thanks for helping share this project. This project will not only benefit each and every fire department in Beaver County. It will also benefit each and every resident of Beaver County as well by providing a close location for firefighters to train and not have to leave the county limits to train also a closer place to train means more training do to less travel meaning better trained firefighters to respond to your every need. Please do your part and donate today. Thank you

  • Why should they have to depend on donations? Let the county pay for it ,they have the Friendship Rdge money they could use. You better believe they’ll find a way to funnel some of it to their consultants, lawyers and other cronies.

  • $100,000 seems like a steal for a training center of this magnitude. Best of luck in with this project.

  • This is a great idea. However, I can see several other departments coming up with plans to build there own site. It seems fire departments in Beaver County always have to out do each other. Just look at all the duplicate rescue tools each department has.

  • This project is a great idea.  As a firefighter in Beaver County driving to out of county fire academies for training becomes exhausting and takes extra time away from family. Being closer to home will allow hands on training to last longer and not have to stop early because of driving home from the training center.   HOMEBOY…you are correct about every fire department having the same rescue tools, but it comes down to training.  But If you do not train with the tools then they are useless to the department and those that need your help. SPEAK THE TRUTH TOO: Not knowing if you are in the fire service or not, I want to thank you for your support with this training building.  We need everyone’s support, firefighters and citizens of Beaver County, in order for this training building to become a success.

  • This project is a great idea.  As a firefighter in Beaver County driving to out of county fire academies for training becomes exhausting and takes extra time away from family. Being closer to home will allow hands on training to last longer and not have to stop early because of driving home from the training center.   HOMEBOY you are correct about every fire department having the same rescue tools, but it comes down to training.  But If you do not train with the tools then they are useless to the department and those that need your help. SPEAK THE TRUTH TOO Not knowing if you are in the fire service or not, I want to thank you for your support with this training building.  We need everyone’s support, firefighters and citizens of Beaver County, in order for this training building to become a success.