BEAVER COUNTY (KDKA) – In Beaver County, there is some open, snow-covered land which is actually an old, overgrown baseball field that hasn't been used in years.
Firefighters are hoping it will eventually be home to a brand new training building.
When fire strikes, a fast and efficient response can mean the difference between life and death. Not only for victims of fire, but for the brave men and women fighting the flames.
"The better we're trained, the safer we are and the better chances of we all go home at the end of the day," said Dennis Baker Jr. of the Baden Fire Department.
Firefighters all over Beaver County have joined forces with the Baden Fire Department to raise money to build a training center. It would be the first of its kind in the county.
As it stands now, firefighters have to travel to other locations to learn and practice.
The trips take the first responders away from their families, equipment away from communities and they're expensive – especially for the nearly 50 volunteer departments in the county.
A new building would make a big difference.
"Firefighters will be able to practice hose line advancements, ventilations, search and rescue, specialty rescue, rope rescue, confined space rescue," Baker said.
And that's just the beginning.
Firefighters have high hopes for the three-story facility, which will be built behind the sewage treatment plant in Baden.
Firefighters need a minimum of $100,000 for the project. They already have a little over $11,000.
Donations can be made at the department website, at: badenfirerescue.com.
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