The Gulf Shores Fire Department has need of a new fire training facility. The previous training facility that was located at the Gulf Shores Utilities treatment plant was recently demolished since it had exceeded its useful life. A firefighter training facility is a key element to the City maintaining its current ISO Class 1 Rating. An ISO Class 1 rating is rare and only held by the top 1% of all fire departments nationwide. It has been awarded to only 329 of the nation's roughly 45,000 fire departments. The training and preparation involved in receiving a Class 1 rating are rigorous.
The proposed location for the new facility is on City owned property at the west end of West 36th Ave. This location is ideal as it is centrally located to the various fire stations and is bounded to the north by Aventura, south by the City, west by Baldwin County and east by Magnolia Bay Apartments and the Lake PUD. There is a future connecter road planned along the east property line between West 36th Ave and Waterway West.