East Fork training facility to be named after Scott Fraser

East Fork firefighters train at Station No. 1 in Minden on Aug. 4.

East Fork firefighters train at Station No. 1 in Minden on Aug. 4.

A new training structure proposed as the first in a facility named for Battalion Chief Scott Fraser is scheduled to go before the East Fork Fire Protection District board of trustees on Tuesday.

Trustee and former firefighter John Bellona said Fraser sought an East Fork training facility since he was a volunteer firefighter.

Fraser was a training captain before he became battalion chief. He retired in 2020 and died May 17 at age 55.

“He loved to teach and train and arrange training exercises,” Chief Tod Carlini said at the June meeting.

The long term plan would be to build something that could accommodate structural firefighting training,” Carlini said.

When Station 14 was built in 1994, Carlini said the drawings showed where the training facility would be located.

“The bigger version is to establish different training props around the property,” Carlini said. “At some point the goal is for the area to be a complete training center.”

Trustee Barbara Griffin said that Fraser was very supportive of the people around him.

“He had a big heart and did everything he did with so much sincerity and commitment.”

A $601,800 contract with Simerson Construction to build the structural firefighting training prop out of shipping containers behind Minden Station 14 is on trustees’ regular 1 p.m. meeting agenda at the East Fork Fire District offices, 1694 County Road.

The district has been working to build the training prop for four years. It was designed three years ago. However, the project was delayed by the coronavirus outbreak.

The official name will be the Battalion Chief Scott Fraser East Fork Fire Protection District Training facility.


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