In January 2020, the Kiowa Fire Protection District Volunteer Firefighter’s Association received approximately $8500.00 from a memorial fund on behalf of Colton Mason, one of our firefighters who passed away January 4, 2020. His family had requested that the volunteer firefighters earmark the fund for training.
It was determined that we would expand our already existing training facility located at 731 Comanche St, which is at the east end of the Town of Kiowa. This training prop is the only one of its kind in Elbert County and is used by all County Fire and Law Enforcement agencies.
The training ground consists 4 Conx boxes ranging from 10′ to 40′ in length and 9′ in height. They are arranged in such a manner as to depict a one-story residence with a walkout basement.
In addition, there is a separate 20′ conx box, which acts a storage container for all of the Fire Districts smaller training props and training gear.
Current training props are a designated forcible entry site, a wild land fire training area, a designated auto extrication pad and a vehicle fire site. Future fire training props will include a 500 gallon propane tank and additional propane props.
An all-weather surface of recycled asphalt was placed on the west end of the burn building for fire vehicle access.
In addition to the Memorial fund many community members rallied behind the project and donated labor, supplies and expertise.
Development of the project started in May 2020 and completion was done in September 2021. The structure has been approved for live fire trainings through the State.