Gillis Gilkerson Completes Eastern Shore Fire Training Center & Burn Building
Gillis Gilkerson, one of the most stable and trusted general contracting and construction management firms on Delmarva, announced the completion of the 900 square foot Accomack County Fire Training Center and Burn Building located at 28598 Beacon Road in Melfa, Virginia.
“We are excited to have been a part of a project that enhances the training capabilities of our local fire crews and emergency responders from across our Eastern Shore,” said Dwight Miller, president, Gillis Gilkerson. “We enjoyed working with The Eastern Shore Regional Fire Training Center and helping them meet a need that serves to ensure safety to our local communities. This project was unique in that it required specific features for functionality and we are pleased to have the opportunity to add it to our custom build portfolio.”
The two-story, cast in place concrete structure was built with fire proof panels and high temperature thermal liners to allow fire companies to practice live burn assimilations. The structure tolerates temperatures up to 1,800 degrees for search and rescue, fire suppression and ventilation hose stream operation training. The center is made available to the twenty-one fire stations and 700 volunteer firefighters on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia.
“The state came in and told us we could no longer operate the existing burn building in the condition it was in,” said Charles Pruitt, Accomack County Battalion Chief. “We trusted in the abilities of the team from Gillis Gilkerson to build a new training center equipped with necessary updates to serve the needs of the local fire emergency crews across the Eastern Shore.”
The building is equipped with five classrooms on the first floor and five on the second floor for instructional space. The burn area inside the building is sectioned off to ignite wood, hay and other flammable materials (cars) for trainees to experience conditions with limited visibility, smoke and sounds associated with real life fire rescue scenarios.
“We never had to build a fire burn building before, said Charles Pruitt, Accomack County Battalion Chief. “We worked closely with Gillis Gilkerson to ensure the structure would function properly in every capacity. They completed the work on time and within budget, without a hitch. Simple or specialized, big or small – I would, without a doubt, recommend Gillis Gilkerson for any type of construction project.”
About Gillis Gilkerson
In its 37th year of building and real estate development on Delmarva, award-winning Gillis Gilkerson has built a reputation as one of the most trusted and stable construction management and general contracting firms on the Peninsula. From new commercial construction to renovation, the company’s construction managers offer broad and deep experience in diverse industries such as medical, industrial, manufacturing, hotels, multi-family housing, houses of worship, restaurants, retail, schools and more. Its full-service real estate development expertise offers custom solutions for land purchase, building program development, turnkey project management, obtaining permits and approvals, property management, property marketing, purchase, lease, and lease/purchase options. The team works in conjunction with architects, government planners, engineers, surveyors, inspectors, contractors, and leasing agents to manage the development process from concept to completion.