Richardsville Volunteer Fire Department building new training center

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RICHARDSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Richardsville Volunteer Fire Department is building a new training center at Station 2 off Mount Olivet-Girkin Road in Bowling Green.

The department said it has the largest coverage area of any fire department in the county and this training center is the first for a volunteer fire department in Warren County.

"It's been over a year process that we've been working with the firefighters on their needs for a training center and I'm just excited that today we're breaking ground on that center," said board chairman Pat Stewart.

"The training center is going to be big. The main thing I think is going to be able to keep our firefighters safe," added board secretary Mark Ford.

The official groundbreaking for the training center is August 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Station 2. The facility will include things like a ventilation prop and a two-story addition that will mimic apartment complexes and family homes.

"This will allow us to better train our firefighters and as a result, better serve our coverage area," said fire chief of the Richardsville Fire Department, Brian Lee.

Right now, the process is just in the ground breaking phase, but by Spring 2019, the training facility is expected to be up and running.

"We want to make sure we have the best trained force that we can have," added Stewart.

They also want this new training center to not only benefit Richardsville, but Warren County as a whole.

Stewart said, "We hope that our other departments in the county will take advantage of it as well, and maybe even some surrounding counties."

Board members said the training center is being paid for by fire dues that the community pays each year. Chief Lee said the department also got a grant for the ventilation prop.

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