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City of Findlay receives $125,000 Donation from Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Funds to help construct a Public Safety Training Facility

Post Date:01/03/2020 5:00 AM

Friday, January 3rd, 2020- Marathon Petroleum Corporation has announced a donation of $125,000 to help construct a Public Safety Training Facility within the City of Findlay. The new facility is named the STRICT Center, standing for Simulated Tactical Response & Incident Command Training Center. The project calls for the construction of a countywide multi-agency training complex behind Findlay’s Fire Station 4 on County Road 236. It will be built specifically to enhance the skills of Hancock County’s first responders, and provide the opportunity for joint training sessions among various agencies.

The STRICT Center’s conceptual drawings show two buildings, one of which will allow for live-fire training for the county’s fire departments. The “Burn Building” is a two-story structure, featuring multiple burn rooms on both floors, forcible-entry doors and a peaked roof for ventilation training.

The “Tower Building” is a large enclosed building with an attached 5-level training tower. This building will house an internal 2-story structure for technical rescue training, such as confined space rescue and rope rescue in a simulated elevator shaft. The training tower will also facilitate rappelling and other high-rise tactics. The Tower Building will also hold a two-story residential structure, or “Search House”. This structure will feature moveable walls, multiple roof layouts, and various entrances, suitable for law enforcement, fire department and EMS tactics.

“We are grateful for Marathon’s generous support of this project and their recognition of the broad community benefit that the STRICT Center will bring to our county. The STRICT Center can potentially become a regional training facility and possible changes to the ISO Fire rating can deliver numerous benefits including a decrease in insurance premiums, and over $200,000 in annual training value to our county’s first responders. Together, these add up to real value and greater safety for businesses, residents, and first responders within Findlay and Hancock County.” said Safety Director Paul Schmelzer.

The estimated cost of the training complex is $1,000,000, with funding for construction intended to be met through a joint effort of public, private, and non-profit funds. Marathon’s donation will be combined with Findlay City Council’s recent allocation of $250,000 and a $10,000 donation from the Hancock County Firefighters Association to begin funding the project. The Community Foundation has awarded a conditional grant in the amount of $100,000 towards the project as well, dependent on other funding benchmarks.

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