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Last Updated: 2009-11-08

About the Facility

The Richmond Fire Department's Fire Training Academy occupies approximately four acres of training area in the adjacent County of Henrico, Virginia. The original academy was constructed in 1958 on a portion of its present site. After five years of study and designing, Richmond City Council funded the two phase project in 1985. The Henrico Board of Supervisors approved the project on April 30, 1985 with Phase I construction beginning on October 14, 1985. The academy was completed and dedicated on June 17, 1988. The architectural company was DePasquale and Associates.

Administration / Classroom Facility

The administration building has two classrooms separated by an audiovisual room which provides rear screen projection. One of the classrooms has the capability of being divided into two smaller classrooms. The administration building also provides five offices, reception area, two locker rooms, shower/bathroom, kitchen, turnout gear storage/distribution room, tool and equipment room, exercise room and apparatus garage area.

Drill Tower / Burn Building / Maze

The burn building and maze are attached to the masonry drill tower which measures 60- 4- in height and 19- 9- in width. The tower has window openings on each level and is equipped with a standpipe system.

The two story burn building with basement and attic is constructed of block and concrete and is attached to the east side of the tower. The building is designed to simulate a dwelling and is used for training firefighters under actual fire conditions. There is an inside stairway from the basement to the attic and an outside stairway from ground level to second floor. Doors and window frames are metal. Steel shutters are provided to protect window glass and to block out daylight. Vents are provided so heat and smoke can be channeled from room to room and floor to floor. Smoke machines generate a non-toxic smoke for search and rescue training scenarios. The building is equipped with automatic sprinkler system, thermal heat sensors, emergency lighting and a public address system.

The maze is attached to the south side of the drill tower and can be entered from the outside and from the inside of the tower.

The black painted maze provides many obstacles for firefighters during a training session using self contained breathing apparatus. For the safety of the personnel utilizing the maze, it is equipped with emergency lighting and a public address system. These can be activated by the instructor or the student.

Contact Information:

Fire Department
City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-2500

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