Seminole County Approves Training Center

Posted on: 10/14/2003

Each year, over 100 firefighters lose their lives, and over 45,000 are injured in the line of duty. The firefighting profession has always been known as one of the most dangerous jobs in the world because of the risk of injury and death.

Today, Seminole County’s Board of County Commissioners approved the purchase of property located at 201 Valentine Road to be used as a fire/rescue training facility. To date, Seminole County firefighters have had to utilize abandoned buildings or schedule training courses in Orange and Volusia counties since Seminole County lacked the necessary facilities. This new facility includes a 45,000 square foot building and 8 acres of land to be used in a partnership with Seminole Community College for a future burn building.

All firefighters in Seminole County and surrounding jurisdictions will be invited to use the training center for “hands-on” activities, including fire suppression, high-angle rescue, confined space, hazardous materials response, and other technical emergencies.

“After September 11th, we learned how vulnerable our country and first responders are to attack,” said Seminole County Chief Terry L. Schenk, “this training center marks a commitment by Seminole County Board of County Commissioners and Seminole Community College to better train and protect Central Florida’s emergency workers.”

Seconds count in an emergency. A wrong decision in a hazardous condition can mean serious injury or death to a firefighter. Training in fire suppression, technical rescues, and emergency medical service is essential.


For more information,
Alan S. Harris, Public Information Officer
Office (407) 665-5113 Pager, (407) 665-9059

Media Contact:
County Manager's Office
1101 East First Street
Sanford, FL 32771
Phone: (407) 665-7212
Fax: (407) 665-7958