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Written by DAVE BOEHLER   
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 17:09

    Fredonia Fire Chief Brian Weyker is pursuing two shipping containers from the Port of Milwaukee to allow his department to stay closer to home for training.
    “It’s a cheaper way of putting up a burn facility for us,” he said. “Right now, we don’t have any live fire training anywhere. Right now, the closest one is in Cedarburg. But those opportunities are few and far between. These shipping containers would allow us to do this once a month.”
    The Fredonia Village Board thought it was a good idea at the last town meeting, where Weyker informed them each container costs $1,600 and his department has enough money in the operational budget to cover it.
    “At least minimum, I was shooting for one,” Weyker said. “Two would be nice. The guys have asked for this already back in March but I had other things to take care of before that.”
    The containers are placed side by side and could even be stacked to replicate a two-story building if more are purchased in the future.
    Weyker says they do not generate a lot of smoke and typically a small group of pallets are put in them to create enough heat and fire for the right practice environment.
    Windows and doors would contain locks so no one would be able to enter the containers when not in use.
    “It’s continued education of how things go,” Weyker said.
    For now, the chief is communicating with the public works department to figure out the best place to put the containers.
    One possibility is by the treatment plant or behind the water tower area.
    “We have a good piece of property behind there,” Board President Don Dohrwardt said. “It’s real close to the water tower, it has hydrants up there so water is available. Parking is available and it looks like it will probably work. But they’re going to scope that out and make sure there’s enough room and everything.”
    Once a place has been determined, Weyker will return to the board for its approval.
    Dohrwardt thought maybe by the end of summer there could be something in place to use for training.
    “It’s a good idea,” Dohrwardt said. “You run out of houses to burn. It would be nice to have some facility that we could maybe let other departments up in this neck of the woods use for a donation or whatever.”
    Weyker agreed.
    “Once we get this set up right, open the doors to Waubeka or Belgium to come over and use the thing,” he said.
    Weyker met with Milwaukee Area Technical College about a year ago and talked to the dean of the Mequon campus about the needs of Ozaukee County.
    “They had money available to put into their fire program and they were talking about a new burn tower down at the south campus in Oak Creek,” Weyker said. “We had said we want something up here in Ozaukee County. We understand that Mequon in the past doesn’t want it or didn’t want it because of smoke and everything else down there. Find another opportunity somewhere else in the county then. Grafton, Saukville, somewhere like that, for MATC to purchase some land and put a burn tower up.”
    Weyker said it was well received by the dean, but a representative from Ozaukee County went to a recent MATC training board meeting and found out it is using $1.3 million on a burn tower at the Oak Creek campus.
    “Again, leaving us out up here,” Weyker said. “So we don’t have that opportunity. Having this here for us would be great.”

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