After approximately a year of construction, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services celebrated the grand opening of its new training facility at a ribbon cutting ceremony held by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce in early December. The new training facility is located in Holly Springs at 3985 Holly Springs Parkway, site of the former Pike’s Nursery wholesale operation.
The new training facility features a concrete “live fire” structure, a multi-story concrete training tower to assist with search and rescue training evolutions, an apparatus classroom containing showers, fitness room and a small medical room. There is also a small pond located on the property that will be used to gather storm water for training purposes.
While the new facility just conducted its ribbon cutting this month, the facility has been in use since Nov.1, and the agency has conducted more than 2,800 training hours at the facility.
The training benefits for Cherokee County firefighters is obvious. However with an Insurance Service Office evaluation scheduled for the county this month, the presence of the facility could result in an improvement of Cherokee County’s rating by this agency which ranks risk for insurance companies and residents of the county could see a reduction in their homeowner insurance rates.
The county commission awarded a contract to CABLIK Enterprises in September 2012. The $3 million contract allowed a facility to be built that will be used not only by firefighting professionals in Cherokee County but also fire departments throughout the state.
For more information on Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, visit www.cherokeecountyfire.org