RED BLUFF – He’s tall, tough, and will help save lives in Tehama County.
The Red Bluff Fire Department training tower was erected at the service training center on Kimball Road.
Division chief Michael Bachmayer said the tower has three floors, six levels and can hold around 45 people. The tower can be used in most types of weather.
“We probably wouldn’t want to be there if there’s lightning because it’s all metal,” Bachmayer said. “It will be grounded, however. “
Firefighters have already used the tower for training exercises.
“The heights of it now allow us to extend our training program using our aerial ladder,” Bachmayer said. “He reached 105 feet.”
In addition to being used by the Red Bluff Fire Department, the plan is to launch regional training opportunities for other local fire departments, the Red Bluff High School Fire ROP class and the forces of the local order.
Plans for the tower date back to the 1990s, when the county and city talked about building it jointly, but that project fell through.
The tower project has experienced some upheavals over the past two decades. The ball started when Fire Chief Ray Barber asked city council to approve the department seeking a $ 50,000 grant through the Northern State Community Foundation McConnell Fund in 2020 to fund construction. . There was turbulence from there, but in February the council approved a credit of more than $ 70,000 from the city’s general fund to build the tower.
The funds include donations guaranteed by Barber and a grant from the McConnell Foundation of more than $ 55,000. A donation of $ 10,000 was received from the Masonic Lodge, other miscellaneous contributions were received and some fire department assets were sold to help the tower cross the finish line.
“It’s huge for us because although it’s a different version, the idea to build the tower has been in the department, and we’ve been working on it for over 30 years,” Bachmayer said.
The slab on which the tower rests was built several years ago in the hope of building a tower using different materials.
A community celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony are scheduled for Wednesday, November 3 at 10 a.m. with representatives from the city, donors and the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce.