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Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Mayor Nickels Breaks Ground for Joint Training Facility

8/11/2004  9:28:00 AM

Mayor Nickels Breaks Ground for Joint Training Facility

SEATTLE – Mayor Greg Nickels broke ground today for the Joint Training Facility (JTF), the first project funded by the city’s Fire Facility and Emergency Response levy. Employees from three city departments – the Seattle Fire Department, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) – will train at the new site, set to open in April 2006. The facility, located at 9401 Myers Way S., will cost approximately $26 million, excluding land acquisition costs, and including approximately $18 million in levy proceeds.

Fire Chief Gregory Dean, Fleets and Facilities Acting Director Mary Pearson, SPU Director Chuck Clarke, and SDOT Director of Street Maintenance Jim Dare joined the mayor in lifting their shovels in celebration as they broke ground.

"This is a wonderful day for the people of Seattle," said Nickels. "This project will meet one of my most important priorities – keeping neighborhoods safe – and will help us achieve our goal of being the most-prepared city in America."

The Joint Training Facility’s 12.5-acre campus will provide a training center within city limits for specialized and legally required training for employees of the Fire Department, SPU, and SDOT. Much of the training equipment provided at this new facility will be cross-functional.

In addition to the main building with classrooms, offices and conference rooms, the facility will include an apparatus bay and associated equipment storage, locker rooms, and training props – such as a six-story drill tower, a two-story burn building, a covered woodworking and welding prop, a collapsed building scenario prop, trench safety and rescue props, a sand throw prop, and a heavy equipment practice area.

Architectural firm for the project is Boxwood. The general contractor is W.G. Clark, and the city’s Fleets and Facilities Department is responsible for project management.

The levy, passed by 69 percent of Seattle voters on Nov. 4, 2003, also provides money to renovate, expand, or rebuild 32 out of 33 neighborhood fire stations; build two new firefighting vessels and renovate a third; and purchase equipment and supplies that will strengthen the city’s ability to respond in an emergency.

For more information about the fire levy projects, visit this web site: www.

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