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4/3/2013 7:24:00 PM
Simulator will aid fire training
By Michelle Charles Journal Staff Writer

The Stillwater Fire Department is finally getting the training simulator it's been waiting for since 2005. Fire Chief Tom Bradley said the concept was approved and a site for it was prepared behind Fire Station No. 1 in 2008 by the city's street department.

Budget cuts brought on by the economic downturn that struck in 2008 caused the training center to be pulled from the city's capital expenditure plan, along with many other capital improvements.

Finances have now eased somewhat, city revenues are once again increasing and the fire department's administrative team has finally found about $80,000 in the fiscal year 2012/2013 budget to cover the cost of the training simulator unit.

Bradley explained that the training simulator is constructed from 40' shipping containers which are two wide and double stacked.

The containers are connected and can be outfitted with customizable features like doors, windows, interior walls and openings, hatches and rappel stations.

The system can also be expanded as needed, he said.

The training simulator will allow the department to do fire suppression and heavy rescue training as well as simulating a burn room by creating black out conditions.

The simulator will allow the department to train both new recruits and veteran firefighters to National Fire Protection Association standards.

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