The construction of the Eli Volunteer Fire Department’s training prop is now complete, according to fire department officials.
The project was funded with awarded grant funds from the Kentucky Fire Commission.
The prop was designed by department personnel and constructed with many hours of work by department personnel and outside contractors. The facility will help to train firefighters locally and regionally in combatting and extinguishing fires during live fire scenarios, vertical and horizontal ventilation, search and rescue, and firefighter survival and rescue skills.
The $30,000 grant from the state fire commission was awarded to the department after being selected through an application process and a project presentation to the grant committee was approved. To be selected for the grant, the Eli Volunteer Fire Department has to be and remain compliant with annual training requirements, state aid reporting, financial disclosure reporting, incident reporting, and quarterly grant project reporting.
The department wished to thank Cumberland Dirtworx LLC, Popplewell’s Concrete, Justin Shirley Welding, Paul Bretz, Brian Shirley, Dustin Silverman, Loyal T Trucking, and the members of the department who spent many volunteer hours to complete the project.