North Sioux City Firefighters Receive Training House Donation
(KVHT) – A North Sioux City man recently donated an old house to the fire department for training purposes. If not for the gift, the department would have had to pay up to $100,000 for purchasing the same type of training house. Back in April the home that used to belong to Jesse Minor was moved from a residential area to an open plot of land along Highway 105. North Sioux City Fire Chief Bill Pappas said Minor simply decided he didn’t want or need the house anymore and offered it to the fire department. Pappas said the house will be used for several different kinds of training, including moving through a smoke-filled home, and window and roof training. Although no actual fires will be set within the home, Pappas said it will be very beneficial to the department. Pappas says all of the department’s training has been done out in front of the fire station, which was on a dead-end road. That will be changing now that the station will soon be located on a very busy street. Pappas said because of that the department needed to find a place to hold trainings and the house was gifted at just the right time. The fire department is currently waiting to get a building permit so they can put in a foundation and start using the house.
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