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Fire and Public Safety Training Center

  • To be a firefighter, you literally have to know what you’re getting into. That’s where SPC’s cutting-edge Fire and Public Safety Training Center comes in.

    Designed to simulate real-life emergencies, the training center is one of the most advanced in the state. All of the training begins with this most critical concept: keeping firefighters safe. Our training center is a state credentialed and we teach classes that are approved by the Florida State Fire College.

    Who We Serve

    • SPC’s Firefighting Academy students
    • Area firefighters taking specialized or re-certification courses 
    • Local fire rescue and law enforcement units conducting training
    • Pinellas County Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue teams
    • Students taking National Fire Academy courses
    • Instructors and inspectors taking re-certification courses
    • Area businesses such as insurance companies who investigate arson
    • SPC students pursuing the Fire Science Technology A.S. degree 
    • Local high school students in public safety magnet programs

    Fire Drill Tower

    Built in 2004, the facility includes a seven-story fire drill tower that allows students and professionals to practice high-rise building rescue and survival techniques. Other training in this building includes:

    • An elevator shaft and car to simulate passenger rescue
    • A unique 300-foot “maze” that firefighters must traverse in full gear to illustrate rescue in confined spaces
    • Davits on the roof for hoisting tools, equipment and personnel
    • A lightning prediction unit and alert system that keeps training at the facility as safe as possible

    Burn Building

    The facility also houses a two-story “burn” building. Once a fire is activated in this building, instructors can safely evaluate students’ performance through the windows of a thermally protected control room.

    Forcible Entry and Ventilation Training

    The center also has a forcible entry and ventilation building, which houses 42 different training opportunities and props. These include:

    • First and second floor door and window forcible entry props
    • Roof cutouts to illustrate fire ventilation and rescue
    • Removable stair sections to illustrate compromised building infrastructure
    • A collection of commercial and residential lock systems that firefighters will see in the field
    • A “tunnel” of hanging electrical and other hazards that can hamper a firefighter’s ability to move through a structure