Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined Monday by dozens of volunteer firefighters in breaking ground for the construction of new training facilities, known as burn buildings, at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy in Bethpage.
“The men and women of Nassau’s volunteer fire departments deliver critical services to every resident, and it’s essential that we provide them with proper training facilities so they are prepared when risking their lives to help our neighbors in need,” he said.
Mangano noted that half of the current training facilities became unsafe and were closed several years ago after being used for nearly five decades to train first responders on the safety measures needed when fighting structural fires.
“The new facilities will offer our first responders critical hands-on training for both novice and experienced firefighters,” Mangano said.
The new buildings will be built in the coming weeks. They will be constructed of concrete masonry blocks with exterior face brick and finished on the interior with a blend of refractory concrete mix, specifically designed to resist the high heat associated with live burn training. The layout and the shape of the two buildings will simulate the high ranch and cape housing styles, both common on Long Island.
County Legis. Rose Walker (R-Hicksville) said: “These new training facilities will ensure that our volunteers are prepared to protect families and seniors when fire strikes.”
Administration officials said the buildings would be constructed with capital improvement funds but could not say what they would cost.
Photo: Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, center, announces the construction of two new burn buildings for training at the Nassau Fire Service Academy in Bethpage. (Aug. 20, 2012)