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CLASSROOM
We have an air conditioned classroom facility that will seat approximately 80 people. There is a projector that hooks up to a computer, DVD player, and other media players for use.

MULTI-STORY BURN BUILDING
The multi-story burn building is designed and constructed to provide many scenarios for firefighter training.  These include but are not limited to; interior fire attack, ventilation, ladders, rope rescue, SCBA training, search and rescue, hose handling, utilization and support of fire protection systems and teamwork involved to accomplish the above.

The building is constructed of steel reinforced concrete with 4” of concrete cover over the steel on the hot face side of the ceiling.  Also, ¾” plywood is bolted to these ceilings to provide sacrificial shielding to the concrete, to prevent spalling due to thermal cycling.

Windows and doors are constructed of heavy gauge galvanized steel.  The doors have simple to operate latches, both inside and out to provide safe entry and egress.

The building is equipped with a standpipe system.  The sprinkler system utilizes fused link heads, or may be activated manually with open heads to demonstrate how sprinklers control fires.

The multi-story is divided into two sections.  The east side simulates garden type apartments, condominiums, or two story single-family residences.  It is commonly referred to as the residential side”.  The west side commonly referred to as the “commercial side” simulates high racks storage areas, strip centers, small manufacturing occupancies, hotel/motel rooms, or office buildings.

The elevator shaft simulator physically connects the two sides of the structure.  It is to be used as an area of safe refuge and egress in emergencies, and provide hookup to the standpipe system.  Fires are not permitted in this space, or in any space adjacent to the shaft so designated by the signs or floor and wall markings.  Vertical access is also provided for in this shaft, via a ladder up through spring loaded floor hatches.

The ventilation hatches on the sloped roof can be used as is or with various roofing materials that may be actually cut out of the hatch, taking care not to damage the surrounding concrete.  Safety railings are located beneath each hatch, that do not interfere with the use of roof ladders.  Safety line tie off rings are also provided for on the sloped roof.

The balcony on the east side is a true “cantilever balcony”, and should be treated as such.  Care should be taken not to overload this area with excessive personnel or equipment.  This area is primarily used to remove students from the building in an emergency.

All balconies, stairs and landings are equipped with handrails.  These rails are not to be used for personnel tie of points for repelling, or stokes lifts.

SINGLE STORY BURN BUILDING
This structure is built with the same materials and basic design as the multi-story.  It is laid out to simulate a single family resident.  There are attic access panels as well as roof ventilation hatches, which can also be used as actual cut out panels.

DRAFTING POND
This drafting pond is to be used to train for rural drafting operations, to simulate the usual problems encountered, such as mud, debris, and limited access.  The water pumped from the pond should be placed back into the pond.  Extreme care should be taken not to erode or wash away embankments or sod with hose streams.  Care should also be taken to keep any contaminants such as hydrocarbons from entering the pond that could affect the aquatic life.  Water from this pond SHALL NOT be connected to or pumped to any fixed systems, or fire hydrants on or near the training field, to prevent possible contamination of the potable water supply.

PUMPER TEST PIT
The pumper test pit is used primarily to teach drafting theory.  The water is pumped from the suction chamber, through the pumper, and discharged back into the pit thereby circulating the water.  Water should NEVER be pumped out of the pit.  Hoses should be connected to the discharge tube of the pit so the water can be circulated.  Occasionally, the pit may be used to test new pumpers, or those that have been repaired or due for capacity testing.

Prolonged exposure of heated exhaust to the pavement should not occur.  Place a piece of plywood on the concrete to shield it from the vehicle exhaust.  Primer pump oil/water discharge should be caught in a pail and taken back with the user for proper disposal.

TANK TRUCK PROP
The tank truck prop is to be used for hazardous materials training, such as identification, repair and patching.  These type props are not equipped to be burned.  Cutting, drilling, or anything else that permanently damages the tank is prohibited.

RAIL CAR PROP
This prop is similar to the tank truck prop, in that it can be used for virtually anything other than burning, No cutting or drilling is allowed on the rail car.

FUEL STORAGE BUILDING
This small metal building is used for storing hay, tools, and equipment.  Absolutely no smoking or open flame is allowed in or near this building.  Be sure to turn off the lights and lock the door before leaving. No command post shall be set up in the storage building.

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