Interior of the
to extinguish three-dimensional fires and
experience the heat associated with jet fuel.
Multi-Purpose Road. A new roadway will connect
the airport’s Runway 13R/31L to the FTRC. This
will enable the airport to bring aircraft into the
training environment and conduct research and
testing with new fire fighting equipment directly
on decommissioned aircraft while working in
conjunction with FAA.
Training Control Room/Briefing Shelter. The
FTRC includes a new two-story training control
room and briefing station. The upper level houses
all fire training prop controls with unobstructed
views of training areas for safety purposes. The
upper level also provides an observation area for
aircraft incident management students to conduct
incident management exercises.
The lower level offers shelter and a focal point
for fire fighters to transition from academic to
practical field exercises. The design will minimize down time between practical field exercises
by having a rehab area within the vicinity of the
FSBA and widebody mock-up.
Training Rooms. The $2.5 million classroom
has a capacity of 120 students, and the facility
can be divided to accommodate smaller groups
of fire fighters during ARFF course offerings. The
building design allows for simultaneous operation
of three separate training rooms.
Galley. The galley will feature daily catered
meals provided by various airport concessionaires
to provide variety and convenient service to
the training customer. The galley also will be
equipped with microwaves and refrigerators for
the students to use. Locker rooms equipped with
showers are available to all students.
The ARFF and structural training is based on
actual incidents that have occurred at both Dallas/
Fort Worth International and other airports around
the world. Training scenarios and curriculum
composition are developed from federal, state
and local accreditation standards. Theory, case
study and experimental learning are combined to
maximize the participant’s engagement. The FTRC
curriculum development team delivers ongoing
quality improvement of educational programs by
constant engagement within a worldwide network
of fire fighters and command staff.
Further, the FTRC is working with Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University to establish an agreement to
offer college credits for all 40+ hour courses offered
on DFW’s campus. Customized courses are available
to fit the best practices of the organization. Online
and bilingual courses are also available. A
Stan Jones is a fire captain at the Fire Training Research
Center. He may be reached at email@example.com.
Information on the FTRC is available at www.dfwairport.com/