City responds to concerns about fire training facility


CLINTON — City commissioners and fire personnel responded Tuesday to charges the city’s fire training facility is not up to proper standards.

Clinton resident Seth Redington told commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday portions of the city fire training facility were sub-standard and did not meet codes and standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  Redington cited the wooden floors used in the steel container structures and lack of two exits from the second floor of the facility.

Redington lives in the neighborhood where the training site is located near the city’s yard waste facility.

Clinton Fire Department engineer David Dallas responded to Redington’s concerns.  Dallas pointed out that, according to the Farnworth Group engineers, NFPA 1402 Standards on Facilities for Fire Training and Associated Props, “is a guide and not a regulatory document.”

“Which means it is not law and we don’t have to follow it if we choose not to,” Dallas said.

Nevertheless, Dallas said they were making every effort to comply with as much of the NFPA guidelines as possible to make the training facility safe for firefighters to use.

The facility is expected to replace most outside training for the Clinton Fire Department and to host other departments for training exercises.

• See the complete story in the Friday, June 10 print edition of the Clinton Journal or now in the Journal E-Edition for subscribers.

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