After ten years of discussions and planning on Saturday August 21, 1971 work began on the new Cumberland County fire school. Members of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 542 donated their time and Silver Spring Construction Company of Mechanicsburg donated the heavy equipment to grade four of the more than seven acres at the site of the new facility. Kimboy Inc., Harrisburg donated the use of a lowboy to move the bull dozer to and from the site.
The center was sponsored by the Cumberland County Volunteer Firemen's Association. County Fire Marshall Earl Moser stated that the facility should be completed in five years.