Salt Lake County will soon have a place where rookie and veteran firefighters can hone their skills.

County fire department will build a new training facility at 8000 W. 4000 South in Magna on 15 acres of land donated to the county by Kennecott Utah Copper. A groundbreaking ceremony is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m.The new facility will include a five-story concrete tower that will include a burn room. Crews will be able to conduct training for high-angle rescues, forcible entry, search and rescue and other firefighting basics. Fire hydrants will also be installed around the facility, as will hazardous materials props, like tankers and chlorine cylinders.

Overall, the facility will increase the amount and overall quality of training firefighters now receive, Salt Lake County Fire Capt. Bill Brass said.

Eventually, county fire officials hope to add classrooms and a fire engine driving training course to the site.

Once the facility is completed, firefighters from other Salt Lake area departments will also be allowed to use it for training, he said.