Crockett FD looking to secure land for training facility

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - The City of Crockett could soon have its own training facility for its fire department.

Chief John Angerstein said the department started looking for the facility once the department received a level 2 ISO rating. The city jumped to a two from a six.

"It's an unheard of jump," Angerstein said. "Because of the rating, we are know looking at building our own training facility. We have applied for a FEMA grant, and we just found out we were moved up in the process because of the rating."

Angerstein said the department is working with the city's economic development in securing land for the facility.

"There are three plots of land we are looking at that is between the Crockett Business Park and the Crockett Angelina County campus," Angerstein said. "We'll actually be able to train with other departments that we respond with regularly, instead of training with someone you don't respond with. We can bring it all in house. Train with those people and train with our own equipment because we can't take our trucks and equipment out of town."

Angerstein said the idea came up after the review of the ISO rating showed the department was lacking a suitable training facility.

"Right now, we have to travel to Livingston or College Station to do these trainings," Angerstein said.

According to statistics on the ISO rating website, the new rating puts the Crockett Fire Department in the top 1.5 percent in fire departments nationwide that have achieved an ISO PPC class 2 or better.

The improvement "equates to an average of 18.2 percent savings in property insurance premiums for a single family dwelling," Angerstein said.

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