Longview city council approves live training area for fire department

Longview Fire Department awaits city council approval of proposed live training area
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 8:41 PM CST
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Crews with the Longview Fire Department are looking forward to a much-needed live training field with specialized wildland training following city council approval Thursday night.

An area off of Eastman Road and Van Street will become a vital location in the future.

“It is important to get our hands-on training, get our new guys out here, our veterans, to get training on all the different aspects of our job,” said Longview Fire Department Training Section Chief Andy Parker.

In agreement with the Texas A&M Forest Service, the live training field site will offer standard and unique critical training. This improvement is important for firefighters because now their practice will all be in one location.

In years past, training was split between the tanker training field and the Stamper park burn-house facility.

“The training field site is where we’ll do all our hands-on training with the fire department. Wildland training to structural firefighters. All our hands-on training will be done here at the training field. With the ‘MOU’ we’re signing with the forest service, we’ll be able to do wildland training out here, and do hands-on training with the forest service,” Parker said.

The issue came before city council Thursday night for approval of an agreement with Texas A&M Forest Service for the critical wildland training.

“With the new building to be built over there, we’ll do live fire training with that; we’ll do search and rescue. We have 90 acres of the training field,” Parker said.

City council approved a “memorandum of understanding” that enables training to be held at the new location.