STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Firefighters all over Mississippi may soon have the opportunity to train in Starkville.
Starkville Fire Chief Charles Yarbrough went before the Board of Aldermen Tuesday to ask to apply for the Assistance Firefighter Grant (APG).
Chief Yarbrough said he wants to build a Regional Training Center in Starkville so firefighters won't have to travel as far or spend too much money traveling to the only regional training center in the state.
About 21,000 firefighters train every year in the state of Mississippi, according to Chief Yarbrough. He said he plans to open a bigger training center that welcomes people from all over, especially if the State Fire Academy is overcrowded.
Yarbrough said he applied for the APG requesting $300,000 to $600,000 for the facility. He wants to build the center at Fire Station 3 on West Garrard Road.
He said the facility will have classrooms, two or three burn rooms for firefighters to train, along with spaces for police officers and SWAT teams to train.
Chief Yarbrough is currently waiting to hear back from the government about the federal grant.