The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is partnering with the Westfield Fire and Police Departments by permitting training in properties purchased for the Major Moves US 31 construction project. The City will use these structures to better prepare firefighters and police officers for real life situations. Agreements with INDOT’s Greenfield District real estate and the City of Westfield will allow training—such as percussion entry, smoke, and search and rescue to be performed on those properties.
More than a dozen properties between Greyhound Pass and 161st Street are currently 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,” says Westfield Mayor Andy Cook. “INDOT and the City have worked together for several years on the US 31 construction project and we have been extremely happy with results,” says Cook.
The Major Moves Hamilton County project broke ground last April with a bridge, interchange and mainline construction at State Road 38. Since that time, 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.
The public safety training will begin in and around these donated structures this week. If you have questions about this training, please call 317-804-3300.