The Wayne County Fire and Rescue Association (WCFRA) is a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The WCFRA owns and operates a Fire and EMS Training Facility that is located in Apple Creek. We currently have 60 acres of land housing 12 different buildings. These buildings are used for training, storage of 9 pieces of apparatus, numerous portable training props and equipment, and several stationary oil and gas training props. WCRTF is widely used. In 2018, over 2000 students and instructors from 63 different classes, groups and/or organizations from all 50 states including 43 counties in Ohio and 7 different countries across the world attended at least one program. The operations of the Facility are maintained solely by tuition, user fees, donations, local grants, and by our wonderful volunteers.
In November of 2017, we officially started the fundraising process for our capital campaign project, the C.H.I.E.F. (Community Helping Instructors Educate Firefighters) Campaign. The overall project was estimated at $2,700,000 and consists of three main projects; a burn building replacement, a new classroom building, and a driving course. The projects that remain are the classroom building itself and the concrete for the driving course area. These projects cannot be completed without additional funding. To date, we have raised a total of nearly $2,100,000. We are still approximately $600,000 from being able to complete our campaign projects.