Kingsport Hosts Dedication/Ribbon Cutting for New Fire Training Facility

kptbb3At 10am, Kingsport Fire Department held a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Fire Training Facility located off of South Wilcox Drive.

Ribbon cutting ceremony at the facility today.

Ribbon cutting ceremony at the facility today.

After nearly 10 years of planning, the new training center will allow firefighters to utilize ladder work, hose handling, mayday scenarios, among other things. The facility has 2 Class A burn rooms that will allow firefighters to participate in live fire training. The options are limitless with what we will be able to accomplish with having this facility.

A number of people have worked hard on turning this project into reality, but I believe our Training Officer, Sr. Cpt. Joel Jones, should be most proud. Cpt. Jones handles all of the training activities for the KFD, and also the Administrator Northeast TN Regional Fire Training Association Recruit School. When I was hired on in ’08, this school was hosted in neighboring Johnson City, but since that time has migrated to Kingsport. The recruits that go through the “rookie” school come from a number of the area departments from Bristol to Jefferson City.

Sr. Cpt. Jones is one of the employees that often times working the behind the scenes for our employees. With 120+ employees, the training never stops. In addition to all of the fire training, KFD personnel are trained as EMT’s and Paramedics. All of these certifications have to be recertified every few years. He is very dedicated to our department, and ensures all the paperwork is handled in the process.

Sr. Cpt Jones and his wife, Allison, after being recognized by the City of Kingsport.

Sr. Cpt Jones and his wife, Allison, after being recognized by the City of Kingsport.

The plaque reads:

The City of Kingsport would like to recognize Kingsport Fire Department’s Training Officer Senior Captain Joel Jones for his work providing education and professional development to the Fire Service Community.  As the current Administrator for the Northeast Tennessee Regional Fire Training Association Recruit School,  Joel’s efforts help not only Kingsport to be a safer place, but cities and communities throughout Northeast Tennessee.

Sr. Cpt. Jones was presented this plaque at today’s ceremony from the City of Kingsport! Congrat’s Capt! Well deserved!