SWFD breaks ground on new training facility

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SOUTH WALTON, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - South Walton Fire District is looking to take its training to the next level, four stories high that is.

Celebrating their 35th year, the independent fire district broke ground Monday where their new fleet maintenance and training tower will soon stand.

"It's been a vision of ours to be able to coordinate our resources and continue to train our firefighters to make sure they are ready for anything they are faced with," SWFD Fire Chief Rick Talbert said.

The new facility will offer more office space, as well as allow them to work in-house on equipment, and feature training obstacles common to the area.

"Whether simulating it's a home, a three-story home which is really pretty prevalent here in our community as well as a condominium. It will have a standpipe system, it will have hatches on the roof so we can repel and scaffold rescue. You name it, that tower will be able to do it for us," Talbert said.

The $6.5 million project has been in the works since 2008 and has just less than a year to be completed.