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State Fire Marshal unveils new search and rescue house

COLUMBUS — The future of firefighting and EMS search and rescue training was on full display last week as leaders at the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal cut the ribbon and officially introduced its new Search and Rescue Training House.

A ceremony took place at the State Fire Marshal’s location in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The innovative structure was specially designed to provide first responders with a safe and dynamic training environment that prepares them for real-life scenarios they may encounter in the field.

The two-story house, spanning approximately 1,500 square feet, is a wood-framed, residential-style training structure. It features removable systems designed specifically for forcible entry and search training, which enhance the authenticity of the training experience. The structure will be used for fire and EMS classes, offering comprehensive training opportunities for aspiring firefighters and emergency medical personnel across the state.

“Today marks a significant milestone in our commitment to providing first responders with the best possible training,” State Fire Marshal Kevin Reardon said. “This new facility will allow firefighters and EMS to practice a wide range of real-world scenarios in a safe and controlled environment. The training that will take place in our new Search and Rescue House will unquestionably prepare these first responders for various situations and challenges they may very well face throughout their careers.”

Students, instructors and key officials from the Department of Commerce, Division of State Fire Marshal, and Ohio Fire Academy participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony, which was followed by guided tours and live demonstrations of forcible entry search and rescue techniques by Ohio Fire Academy cadets and instructors.

“Our objective is to ensure that every firefighter and EMS student who completes training here leaves better prepared to serve their communities,” Reardon said. “This Search and Rescue House will serve as a critical education tool for many years to come.”

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