ENTERPRISE, Ala (WDHN) — If you drive by the Main Central Fire station on Plaza Drive in Enterprise, you may be in for a surprise.
Within 24-hours, a crew from Texas assembled a 47-foot training tower in the parking lot of the Enterprise Central Fire Station.
For Fire Chief Chris Davis and his predecessor, retired Chief Byron Herring, they long sought the structure which is just under 50-feet.
Due to a construction boom along the Boll Weevil Circle, several multi-story hotels have been constructed. The tower will provide his 50 firefighters the ability to practice attacking a high-rise building.
“The ability with this we can do pump operations, tactics, approaching floors that may be on fire, and obviously technical rescue,” Davis says. “This tower gives us the opportunity to do anything we could want to train on other than live fire.”
“With the increasing high-rise construction taking place on the Boll Weevil Circle, having a nearly 50-foot training tower like this means all the difference,” according to Chief Davis.
Davis says his personnel will not be able to practice fighting real flames
on the tower, but it will be an excellent training source to repel on the side of a building.
“And make sure we stay up with our training so we can protect them,” Chief Davis.
Chief Davis says the training tower will allow his personnel to stay at home for much of their training. Previously, they would have had to travel to the Wiregrass Public Safety Center in Dothan.