INDOT is partnering with the Westfield Fire and Police Depts. to use the demolitions of buildings purchased for the Major Moves U.S. 31 construction project as an opportunity for hands-on training.
The departments will train firefighters and police officers for real-life situations, such as search and rescue, percussion entry to be performed at the buildings lining U.S. 31 through an agreement with INDOT’s Greenfield District real estate and the City of Westfield.
More than a dozen properties between Greyhound Pass and 161st Street are scheduled for use in law enforcement and firefighter training. More buildings will be added to INDOT’s demolition list when the construction project moves ahead.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with INDOT to enhance public safety training for our staff,” said Mayor Andy Cook. “INDOT and the City have worked together for several years on the U.S. 31 construction project, and we have been extremely happy with results.”
The Major Moves Hamilton County project broke ground in April with a bridge, interchange and mainline construction at Ind. 38. Contracts have also been let for 146th Street bridge construction (Western Way to Lowes Way) and the interchange at 146th Street (Monon Trail to Greyhound Pass). The Westfield portion of the project is scheduled to be completed in 2014.