On June 1, at 10:00 a.m. Boise Fire will hold its grand opening celebration for its Fire Training Center at 12142 W. Joplin Road. The training center is one of five projects made possible by the public safety no-tax bond which had 76 percent approval in 2014.
This state-of-the-art training facility allows Boise Fire and its partners to become a leading provider of public safety training by producing well-educated and realistically trained first responders. The results will be a dramatic enhancement when it comes to readiness and preparedness. This center will allow for live fire training, this type of training is not only important for new fire fighters, it is also important for veteran firefighters to continue to hone their skills through training and exposure to a variety of scenarios.
“This has been a long road to get to this point and this facility will be a game changer for our department and the surrounding departments. Live fire training will allow our firefighters to train on an ongoing basis, making our department even greater and stronger than it already is,” said Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan.
The new facility will meet the National Fire Protection Association’s standards for training new and existing firefighters. The facility includes an administration building, training and safety building, Class A burn building for combustible materials such as wood pallets and straw and a Class B burn building with propane live fire props. That building also features a five-story training tower that is able to simulate the following urban environments for training scenarios:
- First floor: Hotel lobby, warehouse space, retail space
- Second floor: Apartments
- Third floor: Private offices and cubicles
- Fourth floor: Hotel rooms with balconies
- Fifth floor: Suite/apartment layout
Interview opportunities, as well as tours of the training tower, will be available after the ceremony with Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan.