The Training Tower is a 7 story apartment building designed
to train firefighters for operations in high rise buildings.
A fire escape rises to the roof, with a 4 story exterior
stairway as another feature of the building. The
interior stairway is open tread galvanized steel which
allows for quick water drainage, better sunlight
penetration, and vision from one floor to the next. A
complete and working standpipe system is on every floor,
along with a dumbwaiter shaft in the center of the building.
The Fourth floor apartment is a “live burn module.”
The windows are operable but covered with steel allowing for
a smoke and heat condition to quickly develop. High rise
hose operations, ground ladders, aerial ladder operations,
and search and rescue are just a few of the many types of
fire and rescue scenarios that are taught and practiced in
the tower. A safety net is located on the north side of the
building as a safety backup for firefighters repelling from
the windows or roof.