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OUC donation will help cement local fire department’s training program

ST. CLOUD, Fla. — The Orlando Utilities Commission recently gave a unique gift to the St. Cloud Fire Department - 50,000 pounds of concrete.

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Why, you ask?

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Well, OUC is about to break ground on its new Operations and Maintenance Center in St. Cloud, a site where a concrete plant used to exist.

OUC said as it removes the unwanted material to prepare for new construction, it hopes to donate the concrete structures to various groups.

St. Cloud Fire plans to use the hefty donation to create an above-ground simulated drainage system at its training facility.

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OUC said SCFD will use it to practice rescuing utility workers who might become injured or incapacitated in real-life situations while repairing or evaluating drainage systems.

It’s not the first time OUC has made good use of unneeded cement.

It previously donated a load of concrete to help create an artificial reef off the coast of Fort Pierce.

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