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The Bloomington Fire Departments live fire and rescue training tower is your one-stop shop for the latest is structural firefighting and technical rescue training.

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Class A Burn Facility

The result of considerable research and development, the Class A Burn Facility at PSTC was completed in November of 2007. Built by American Fire Training Systems, its features include:

  • 8 insulated burn rooms on 2 different elevations
  • 3 forcible entry doors
  • Multiple window openings
  • 2 rappel anchors
  • Exterior staircase mimics firefighter combat challenge tower
  • Roof hatch w/dropdown ladder
  • Confined space vertical shaft
  • 10 zone temperature monitoring system
  • 4 hydrants
  • Fire Department Connection and Standpipe System
  • Moveable Walls

The Burn Tower allows fire fighters to train to fight fire in residential, commercial, and mixed-use occupancy buildings. The tower is designed for efficient training. The first floor is structured like a single-family residence, and the second floor an apartment or dormitory. The landing off the second and third floors allow firefighters to enter the struture from above or below grade fire attack. The additional space on the third and fourth stories and low light visibility create a realistic training environment.

All of the live fire evolutions are done in strict compliance with the NFPA standard on live burn training (1403).

PSTC provides the highest quality of fire service instruction. Our staff has been featured in both Fire Engineering and Fire Rescue Magazine, and they have taught at the Fire Department Instructors Conference and Indiana Fire Instructors State Fire Schools. The Director of Fire Training Operations at PSTC also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society of FIre Service Instructors (ISFSI).

PSTC Tower Training

Burn Tower Availability

The Burn Tower at PSTC, like all of the resources on site, is available for your training use day or night. PSTC instructors can facilitate training evolutions in:

  • Engine company operations
  • Truck Company operations
  • Ventilation
  • Forcible Entry
  • RIT
  • Fire attack
  • Pump Operations
  • Rope rescue
  • Confined space rescue
  • Search and rescue
  • Vehicle extrication
  • Vehicle fires

You also have the option of bringing your own instructors. For fee structure and availability, contact Stephen Coover at 812.349.3896 or coovers@bloomington.in.gov