Showcasing the latest joint venture in regional cooperation, the fire departments of Addison, Carrollton, Coppell and Farmers Branch hosted a combined grand opening ceremony of their new $2.8 million Joint Fire Training Center on Saturday, August 12, 9 a.m., at the new center, 13333 Hutton Drive in Farmers Branch.
Located adjacent to Farmers Branch Fire Department Administration and Fire Station No. 3, the state-of-the-art training center features a variety of scenario opportunities where the men and women of each department can train. They include a six-story annex with interior and exterior landing stairs and a three-story residential/commercial annex with a flat parapet roof as well as interior and exterior stairwells.
Additionally, there is a one-story residential annex with a pitch roof as well as a four-story, blind elevator shaft.
Firefighters will be able to take advantage of five burn rooms, 20 exterior window openings, a smoke generator with an eight port distribution system to simulate real-world incidents, all powered by a 1,000-gallon propane fuel tank farm.
Construction costs and annual operating costs were and will be borne by each city according to the size of their department.
The new facility will be invaluable for enhancing safety for the four cities. Firefighters from each city will be able to engage in live fire training, high rise training, high angle and below grade rescue training, driver training on the 53,000 square-foot driving course and more.
Ceremonies featured remarks from Addison Fire Chief David Jones, Carrollton Fire Chief Gregg Salmi, Coppell Fire Chief Kevin Richardson, and Farmers Branch Fire Chief Steve Parker. There was also blive rappelling and car fire demonstrations, as well as tours, following the officially opening.