Pratt Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Kramer presented ideas to Pratt City Commissioners Monday for container training facilities.
Pratt Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Kramer would like to establish a permanent training facility in Pratt for his squad of 22 active volunteer firefighters as a solution to the current training program situation which, he said, adds hours of set-up and tear-down time to training exercises.
Kramer presented ideas for a facility based on shipping containers to Pratt City commissioners at their regular Monday meeting and received positive responses that fell short of commitment.
“I think it’s a good idea,” said commissioner Jason Leslie.
Kramer’s presentation included a slideshow of various configurations, suggesting one that would start with five 40-foot containers with a stairway and walkway, which would cost about $16,000.
“It’s a fraction of the cost of construction and the city would be getting a lot of bang for its bucks,” Kramer said. “It won’t be an eyesore, I promise you.”
Location for the proposed training center is on city-owned property at the corner of 10th Street and Highway 61, north of Pratt Community College where water is available.
“Training is a priority and volunteers spend hundreds of hours devoted to the skills needed for this job,” Kramer said.
Kramer also reported that the Pratt Volunteer Fire Department received the Tom McGaughey Award for Heroism Above and Beyond the Call of Duty and that the department was awarded an $11,000 Kansas Firefighter and Recruitment and Safety Grant to be used for two sets of gear and a commercial extractor to wash bunker gear.
Kramer stated that during 2018 volunteer firemen answered a wide variety of calls and also focused on making smoke and carbon dioxide detectors a priority in the community.