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New training tower looked at for county fire fighters

May 5, 2014

PLYMOUTH – Marshall County and the city of Plymouth will look at working together on a training site for county firefighters.

Plymouth Fire Chief Rodney Miller and Assistant Chief George Cook came before the Marshall County Commissioners on asking to begin discussions on using a parcel of county owned land adjoining the Marshall County Jail for the purpose of building a training “tower” for training of local fire fighters.

The state of Indiana requires fire fighters to meet certain training requirements. Having the facility in would allow firefighters in Marshall and adjoining counties to have access to that training “…within a reasonable traveling distance…” said Miller.

Having the facility would allow the county to train for requirements for Firefighters level one and two.

Miller and Cook were hoping to use a property owned by the county directly adjoining the southeast side of the jail. Commissioner Jack Roose suggested the northeast side with a view towards possible expansion of the jail in the future.

Since the property is currently used as security for the mortgage on the construction of the jail the legality of the county allowing it’s use for another purpose will also have to be explored. The Commissioners voted unanimously to allow County Attorney Jim Clevenger and City Attorney Sean Surrisi to being discussions to determine the feasability of the project.