For many years paid and volunteer firefighters talked about a dream of having a Fire Training Center, but were unable to agree where to build or how to pay for it.
Under the persuasion and guidance of John Komarisky, an Auburn native and businessman,
the dream began to take shape. John was able to unify firefighters with a building plan,
location for the site and persuaded Cayuga County to finance the construction of a Fire
Training Center. The site was Quarry Road, partially by NUCOR (Auburn Steel) and the City
of Auburn who graciously donated it to Cayuga County.
The professional engineering services was awarded to Barton & Loguidice and the building
construction bid cost of $350,000 was awarded to BF Yenney. Construction for the two
story building, with an attached four story fireproof burn tower, began in 2002.
Soon a Fire Tower Committee was formed and they created certain policies and procedures
Live Fire Training Policy
Life Fire/Smoke Training Agreement
Procedure for Reservation Requests
An Open House with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on October 4, 2003. Ceremony guests
Chairman Cayuga County Legislature, Raymond Lockwood
Mayor of Auburn, Melina Carnicelli
Chairman Public Safety Committee, Herbert Marshall
New York State Senator, Michael F. Nozzolio
Chairman Building Committee, John Komarisky
Having a Fire Training Center in Cayuga County means firefighters do not have to travel out-
of-county to take state mandated training courses, which saves time and money. The Fire
Training Center is open throughout the year to all fire, police, medical and rescue agencies
in Cayuga County free of charge for training on a scheduled basis.