Dozens gathered at Cape Fear Community College's North Campus to dedicate a new safety training center. It is where New Hanover County fire fighters, emergency rescue personnel, and law enforcement officers will receive their training. Buddy Martinette, Wilmington Fire Chief said, "They are the first one's that are there, they are the first one's to put their lives on the line and we have to support them in that effort so that they can do the best job they can for us." While celebrating a new future for New Hanover County, many paused to look back to an old memory. The events of September 11, 2001 still affect many of our men and women in uniform. That is why New Hanover County fire chief, Donnie Hall, said training those who respond to emergencies is crucial. "The significance of today just escalates the need in our community to provide this type training to be able to respond to people's emergencies, it's just a phenomenal day for us," Hall said. The $10 million facility is a joint venture funded by New Hanover County, the city of Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College. It is equipped with everything needed to train the best for worst case scenarios. Wilmington Training Division Captain, Steve Mason said, "Being able to do these jobs proficiently, it requires constant training and in the past our training facilities have been very limited so we now have all those things that we need in one central location." The facility is open to the public on Cape Fear Community College's North Campus in New Hanover County. Free tours and demonstrations of fire training, swat team operations and more will last until 7 tonight.
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