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Snapshot: Oswego Fire District Breaks Ground on New Training Facility

Sep 16, 2014 07:19PM ● By Steven Jack

Pictured from left to right are: Deputy Chief Mike Veseling, State Representative Tom Cross, OFPD Board of Trustee Jason Bragg, OFPD Board of Trustee Secretary Bob Tripp, OFPD Board of Trustee President Dick Kuhn, OFPD Board of Trustee Rodger Long, Fire Chief Rick Neitzer, Village of Montgomery Village Administrator Jeff Zoephel, and the Village of Montgomery Director of Community Development Richard Young.

State Rep. Tom Cross of Oswego was on hand Monday for the ground-breaking of a new fire training facility being built by the Oswego Fire Protection District at Station No. 3 in Montgomery. 

The facility will be a comprehensive fire and training center for live training for Class A combusticles such as wood, paper, fabric, plastic, and most kinds of trash. The facility will serve the district and its mutual aid partners. 

"The OFPD’s vision is to develop and foster a training facility that will be used by many  firefighters throughout our area" said an OFPD media release announcing the project. "This facility will help to ensure that our firefighters have state of the art training to ensure the safety of members of our community."

The total cost of the project is estimated at 
$342,000. The OFPD was awarded $200,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity through Cross' office.

In addition the OFPD was awarded 
$36,000 from the Illinois Public Risk Fund. The City of Montgomery donated a parcel of land adjacent to the current station three so the project could be completed.

The Foreign Fire 
Insurance Board awarded another $25,000 to assist with project.