Lexington Emergency Management has several large community preparedness and mitigation projects that will be completed this summer and fall.
One is the addition of an emergency power generator to the Lexington Fire Training Center.
Today’s activity involved moving the two-ton generator out of a storage container and then – with a crane – lifting and placing it on the roof of the building.
“The fire training center houses our backup emergency operations center,” said Tim Brandewie, Emergency Management Operations Manager. “Working with the fire department, this generator will keep another facility up and running in case of a power outage. Should we ever need to relocate our operations, we’ll have a good backup now at the fire training center.”
The generator runs on natural gas, so there’s no issue with gasoline or diesel fuel supplies. With the lift and placement of the generator onto the fire training center, workers will complete the electrical and other installation of the system over the next few weeks.
The generator is capable of powering most of the major systems in the fire training center. Funds for the generator project comes from the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP), other federal and state grant funds and Lexington city government. The total project cost is $52,000.