Parkton Fire and Rescue personnel now have the capacity to train, literally, in their own back yard.
A drill tower was installed recently on the department’s property, making it the first in Robeson County to have one on hand, according to the department’s chief, Chris Nowak.
“We are the second in North Carolina to own one. The department in Matthews, North Carolina, was the first to get one,” the chief said.
Nowak learned of the towers after seeing promos this past year via emails from Affordable Drill Towers. The company, based in Texas, provides an innovative solution by offering fire service, military, and S.W.A.T. teams an affordable alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar training towers that can be installed on-site.
The department’s board of directors was able to secure a loan to buy the tower, which had a base price of $125,000, Nowak said.