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Charles F. “Chic” Seay Public Safety Training Center

On April 22, 2006 the City of Fairfax dedicated its new Public Safety Training Center named in honor and memory of former City of Fairfax and Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles F. “Chic” Seay. The Public Safety Training Center brings together a unique venture combining the efforts of the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department as well as the City of Fairfax Fire and Police Departments in a state-of-the-art training facility.

The facility which is located at 9650 Colonial Avenue and is situated on approximately 1.5 acres. The facility includes an environmentally friendly Class B (propane-fed) burn building to conduct live exercises and a high bay building to conduct training during all weather conditions. The center’s design allows for two classes to be simultaneously conducted. The facility is used to train volunteer and career staff, police officers, tank farm employees and miscellaneous City staff.

“We are very excited about this endeavor. “Through this cooperative effort the City of Fairfax will be able to continue to provide excellent fire, EMS, police, and public training for its members and the public in a state-of-the-art facility, stated Fire Chief Tom Owens.”

In 2005, the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department approved funding of $400,000 to assist in initial construction and the City Council authorized a Capitol Improvements Plan for additional structures and infrastructures for a potential of $1 million.

In 2008, the apparatus and classroom building was completed. This facility provided a 4200 square foot area for storage and indoor training area. The classroom and locker area will allow for on-site activities for all City agencies to train.

In 2011, the construction of the “RIT House” was completed. This is a 3.5 story building designed specifically for firefighter survival and firefighter rescue training.

Future construction projects include a concrete pad designed specifically for vehicle extrication training, a vehicle fire simulator, and a propane emergency simulator.
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