Most everyone in attendance at the March 24 groundbreaking ceremony, said the project had been a long time coming. But the wait was over, as officials used the traditional gold shovels, to turn the first sod for the new Kane County Emergency Services training facility to be located on city property in front of the Kanab Airport.

"We''re excited this long awaited day has arrived," commented Kane County Emergency Services Director Alan Alldredge.

The now joint county/city project has been in the works for quite awhile. The facility that was first a vision of former Kane County Emergency Services, (now county ITT director) Dave Owens, will come to fruition under the direction of those who ran with the project later.

The facility''s proposed location has changed over the past five years from property near the hospital, to Kaneplex, and then on to city property at the airport, where the facility will be located.

"I think it''s great," said Kanab City Councilman Steve Mower. "It''s a good opportunity for the city and county to come together."

TC Engineering project manager and engineer Tom Avant, greeted the gathering of about 30 in front of a bulldozer that would get busy on the project later in the day. Avant outlined the project and who had been crucial to it becoming a reality, praising the county, city and hospital for support and working together.

Commissioner Dan Hulet officiated noted Owens'' original involvement, as well as Kane County Deputy Sheriff Tracy Glover''s determination to get the project funded. "This will provide a great opportunity for training," said Hulet.

Glover said he had been involved in the project for nearly four years, and had gone back to CIB for additional funding a year ago. The county hired TC  Engineering, who is also project manager overseeing the construction, which will be mostly done by local sub-contractors and within the last five months things started coming together. "It will be multiple purpose with the city. They were great to work with. This building will also free up office space at the county building."

Explaining the project, Glover said the facility would be a metal building of about 104 feet long by about 80 feet wide. The upper floor would be used for training space for all emergency services, with about 30% for search and rescue training. "They''re hopefully running the blade today and we hope to have it built within six months."

"This will be a great addition to the county emergency services," said Kane County Hospital Administrator Sherri Pandya. "It will provide for multi-agencies."