Firefighter Training Center

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) Construction is expected to start soon on a building that Hutchinson officials hope will make the city a regional firefighter training center.

The Hutchinson News reports the city and Hutchinson Community College are collaborating on a new, 20,000-square-foot building for the school’s fire science program.

The building will be located next to the Hutchinson Fire Department’s command and training center. It will replace the college’s existing fire science building a World War II-era building on the school’s South Campus, near the Hutchinson suburb of Yoder.

Hutchinson Community College will lease the land for the new building from the city for $1 a year and pay the $2 million construction cost.

Officials say the building will allow working firefighters and students to train together.