June 27, 2011

The Grays Harbor Public Development Authority Board of Directors has authorized $250,000 toward construction of a state-of-the-art tunnel rescue training facility based on a commitment from the Seattle Fire Department to conduct training at the facility.

The Seattle Fire Department’s interest in the Satsop Tunnel Rescue Facility is based on using the existing 12-foot in diameter water pipes located 27 feet below the ground that were part of the infrastructure for the never finished Satsop nuclear power plants, said Tami Garrow, CEO of Satsop Business Park.

“There is nowhere in theUnited Statesthat has the potential for tunnel training as this place does with its 12-foot tunnels,” said Alan Vickery, assistant chief of the Seattle Fire Department. “These pipes are similar to the real world of tunneling work that is taking place in theSeattlearea as well as internationally. Nothing that I’m aware of in theU.S.even compares,” he said.

In addition to the Seattle Fire Department’s interest, there is growing interest by many other fire departments and safety organizations that are exploring the use of the tunnel rescue facility, so theSatsopBusinessPark’s Board voted unanimously to move forward with construction of the facility.

 More information on Satsop Business Park can be found at www.Satsop.com.

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