Construction is well under way for that will house training and classroom facilities for Cranberry’s firefighters, and EMS workers.
The brick facility—which will be located near the township’s public works building off Route 19 —will have two garage bays for fire engines and a training room that can seat about 125. The room also can be divided into two classrooms that seat 40 people each.
The building also will feature an emergency generator as well as smart boards and projection screens for the classrooms.
Located just a few feet from the ’s four-story rescue practice tower, the new facility will give firefighters an opportunity to hold learning sessions close to home as well as to host classes for other first responders in Butler County.
Fire Company President Bruce Hezlep also has said the new training facilities would help attract and retain new volunteers.
The estimated cost for the building is $1.1 million, according to Tim Zinkham, Cranberry’s supervisor of engineering services.
It will be paid for with help from . Half of that amount will go toward sewer and water line upgrades. The remaining $5 million will be used towards the new public safety training facility and for the construction of a new building located adjacent to the Park Fire Station for .
Zinkham said public safety crews could be holding classes in the new building by late November.