12/29/09 56 W, 1 I - + 10 - 5 Visitor Parking

Found while passing through Fayetteville yesterday, the old training tower is presently serving as visitor parking for the next-door Cape Fear Botanical Gardens. And also a disposal site for Christmas trees. Readers, can you advise the history of the tower, as well as the current training center?

Can not tell you much on the history of either building. Both were being used when I worked in Cumberland County in 1995-2000. We used the old training tower for our annual pump testing. It has an underground cistern in which allowed us to do the testing at. I also know at one time Fayetteville PD used the building for some of its training(PD training grounds are across the street). The new training building/grounds are located on the property of Fayetteville Regional Airport. That is where the city did thier recruit training at. It also hosted several ARFF courses there with its LP fired aircraft props. I have taught several FF and D/O classes at the new facility years ago for county departments in the area.
Swiman - 12/29/09 - 19:38

What did they do with Durham Fire Departments training tower that used to be next to the old ball park…..
Chris King - 12/29/09 - 20:48

Same is still standing. See http://www.legeros.com/history/stations/.. for more info.

It was built in 1926, closed in the early 1970s, and had the exterior renovated in more recent years.
Legeros - 12/29/09 - 20:49

They just closed that tower down after our academy went through. (Aug 09) New training tower is in the works for the training center at the Airport.
Frick - 12/30/09 - 22:29

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