Work on developing a new special operations and training facility for Broome County is nearing completion.

The center is being established in a building that had housed various businesses at 3006 Wayne Street in Endwell.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said about $150,000 was spent to renovate an existing building. The property had been taken by the county for back taxes.

Garnar said a previous proposal to establish the facility at an old federal government depot in Hillcrest was dropped because it would have cost more than $4 million to accomplish.

Speaking on WNBF's Binghamton Now program, Garnar said training programs for fire and emergency services personnel will be conducted at the site. Special response teams also will be based in the facility.

The building is located one block east of a Broome County senior center.

The facility will be named in honor of Michael Aswad, who served for many years as county fire coordinator and emergency services director.

The new training facility will be named for retired fire coordinator and emergency services director Michael Aswad. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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