The Board of Carroll County Commissioners unanimously approved additional funding for the new Fire Safety Training Center in open session Thursday.
Last week the Department of Public Works and Department of Public Safety staff advised the Board of Commissioners that the cost of the Fire Training Center, to be located off Washington Road in Westminster (between Westminster High School and Carroll Community College), is anticipated to be higher than originally budgeted.
The Board originally approved $4.4 million for the training facility, an additional $1.7 million was requested last week.
The additional $1.7 million, approved this week, will be transferred from another public safety project that realized significant savings earlier this year.
The Fire Safety Training Center is a state-of-the-art facility designed to support the county’s volunteer fire services. The center will include an 8,800 square foot apparatus facility which will house vehicles and other equipment as well as a 13,000 square foot classroom and training building.
"I'm disappointed with the higher costs but I'm going to vote for this because it supports our volunteer service," Commissioner David Roush said. "The longer we support this service, the longer it will remain volunteer, saving the county money."