Cortland Firefighters Training in Downtown Building Targeted For Redevelopment
Cortland City Firefighters have been utilizing a building on Main Street for training this week; the multi-story building at 2-6 Main Street has been sold and will soon be redeveloped for downtown apartment units.
City firefighters have been training and drilling on the second and third floors of the former Simon building which houses Sheridan’s Jewelers and a Gelato shop on the first floor. The property was recently purchased by Kajen Properties, Inc. The company plans to remodel the upper floors of the building through the city’s new Main Street tax abatement program, the project will feature new apartments and a interior sprinkler system will be added in the hallways.
Deputy City Fire Chief Wayne Friedman says having the opportunity to practice in real local buildings is a huge asset. It allows firefighters to know the square footage of the buildings, train to respond to emergencies on multiple floors, and understand other fire hazards that come with older multi story buildings.
Friedman says many buildings on Main Street are constructed with similar design features and this training will help city firefighters better serve the community.
Both paid and volunteer firefighters have been drilling on the building this week. Operations include hose deployment, ventilation and laddering, equipment deployment and traffic control. These critical functions are all needed to be effective during and emergency and also to improve response time.