FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Firefighters across the region will now have access to a new Fire Training Centre right here in Fort St. John.

The Fire Training Centre, a $1.6 million building, features a three-story Burn Building and exterior elements to provide hands-on training and allows firefighters from across the region to enhance their emergency response skills.

The Burn Building includes burn rooms where pallets and straw are used to create a realistic fire behaviour, a smoke machine with vents on all three floors which allows enhanced training scenarios, a forcible entry door on the main level to practice entry techniques, moveable walls to allow for various scenarios, anchor points on the roof used for crews to practice technical high-angle rope rescues and confined space rescue skills.

For exterior elements, there are natural-gas props to provide real-life situations like dumpster fires, motor vehicle fires, liquid fuel fires, and Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapour Explosion (BLEVE).  These natural-gas props are controlled from a gas manifold.

A pump test pit is currently being fabricated and will allow firefighters to practice drafting from a static water source and discharge large amounts of water without worrying about wasting it.