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Fire Training Facilities

Palm Beach State's Fire Academy has the most complete array of fire rescue apparatus, equipment and training facilities in the area.

The newly completed Fire Training Tower is the most advanced of its kind in South Florida.  The Fire Training Tower is part of the 147,000-square-foot Public Safety Training Center being developed on the campus. It was designed by Stephen Boruff, AIA, Architects + Planners, Inc. and constructed by Balfour Beatty Construction.

At the opening ceremony of the Fire Training Tower, two firefighters rappelled down its side to unfurl a 20-by-40-foot flag.   Fire Training Tower photos.

fire tower construction


About the Fire Training Tower

Employing cutting-edge technology, the Fire Training Tower was designed to allow instructors to create training simulations that are as close to the real thing as possible. Its multi-tiered design means students can practice high-rise building rescue techniques one day and single- and two-story house fire rescues the next. No actual fire will be used in the tower--the Fire Academy has a separate "burn building" and a full complement of burn props for live fire training. Rather, the tower's function is to train firefighters in all aspects of fire rescue and survival.

Programmable alarm system creates real-life fire scenarios
One distinctive feature is the tower's high-rise alarm system, which tells the status of the heat and smoke detectors and water sprinklers on each floor. It mimics those found in high-rise buildings, but with one difference: the tower's system is programmable, allowing instructors to preset conditions for different fire scenarios. Trainees won't know what to expect and will need to evaluate alarm status on the spot. Alarm sounds and strobe lights add to the realism of the training. All training employs redundant safety measures and mannequins.

Other Fire Training Tower features include:

  • A fully operational elevator covering three of the five floors allows for simulations involving passenger rescue.
  • The isolated fourth floor will be used for rescues of trapped victims from confined spaces.
  • A floor cutout on the fifth story allows for exercises involving floor breaks that often endanger firefighters as well as victims.
  • The tower's roof has davits for hoisting tools and equipment to the roof or hanging scaffolding to simulate a scaffolding rescue.

The tower will serve the Fire Academy students, area firefighters taking advanced courses with the College's Public Safety continuing education division, local fire rescue units conducting training modules, and those pursuing the College's Fire Science Technology A.S. degree.

Additional Fire Academy Facilities & Training Capabilities:

  • Six fire engines--one equipped with the latest pressure governor
  • One 100' ladder truck
  • One special operations vehicle
  • One air truck
  • One command vehicle
  • Various windows for forcible entry training
  • A prop to hold windows and garage doors for forcible entry drill
  • A prop to simulate a locked door for forcible entry training
  • Various props to simulate confined space entry
  • Live vehicle fire
  • Live LP tank fire
  • Live dumpster fire
  • Live liquid fire
  • Pitched roof ventilation prop
  • Flat deck roof ventilation prop

With its unique combination of equipment and experienced instructors, the Fire Academy can handle all types of training for Fire Rescue:

  • Firefighter rescue drills
  • Rapid Intervention Team Operations
  • Hazardous materials response training
  • May-Day drills
  • Elevated victim rescue training
  • Live fire burn module
  • Flashover burn module
  • Driver operator training, along with various credit and officer development courses

For more information about our Fire Science programs, visit: www.palmbeachstate.edu/Fire.

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