This rendering shows the proposed structure of a new fire training facility for the Goshen Fire Department. Image provided
This rendering shows the proposed structure of a new fire training facility for the Goshen Fire Department. Image provided
GOSHEN — Shipping issues connected to President Trump’s ongoing trade war with China have reportedly caused a delay in the planned completion of the city’s new Tactical Fire Training Facility.

During their meeting Monday, members of the Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety approved a request by Dustin Sailor, director of public works for the city, to extend the original Sept. 10 completion date for the new training facility by an additional 68 days, which would push the facility’s completion date into mid-November.

Sailor submitted the request on behalf of Ancon Construction Inc., the contractor hired back in March to construct the new facility. Total cost for construction has been quoted at about $435,000.

According to Sailor, the need for the 68-day time extension is due to the fact that the new facility will be constructed primarily of Chinese cargo shipping containers that are stacked together, and such containers are now particularly hard to come by due to the tariffs implemented by Trump as part of his ongoing trade war with China.

“The time extension has been requested due to the difficulty in securing the required shipping containers being imported from China,” Sailor told the board of Ancon’s request. “They said the tariffs have impacted them significantly.”

The requested time extension was approved unanimously.

THE PROJECT

In the works since August 2017, the structure of the new training facility will be modular in design, utilizing cargo containers as its core. The plan is to construct the facility at the Goshen Fire Department’s Sherck Water Tower Training Campus at 2109 Caragana Court.

According to GFD Battalion Chief Steffen Schrock, the structure will be approximately 3,600 square feet in area, and be designed to meet the department’s primary target hazards: a house, a commercial structure, a school and a hospital.

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