The Newton Abbott Fire Company has added a valuable training resource to the property at 3426 Abbott Road, Hamburg.
After a year of planning, construction has been completed on a two-story, 1,080 square-foot simulated residence, which offers numerous specialized features for fire training applications.
Designed by architect Jeff Schieber to the specifications requested by Newton Abbott members, and built by 3G Construction Inc of WNY, the heavy-duty structure has varying roof pitches with ventilation simulators, and a reinforced ridgeline to sustain repetitive beating from ladder hooks.
The building also features a second-floor trap door to practice raising and lowering members, a second-floor window which converts to an exterior door, numerous reinforced windows for practicing bail-out skills, a “Denver Window” on the first floor, and simulated basement windows. There are connection points throughout the second floor, and the outside of the second-story windows, for safety lines. There is also a wall-breaching station on the second floor, where firefighters can practice escaping a lethal environment, to an adjoining room through a typical partition wall.
Newton Abbott maintains one of the region’s RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) or FAST (Firefighter Assist and Search Team) teams, which deploys to structure fires for the purpose of identifying and mitigating hazards, and rescuing firefighters who become lost, disabled, trapped, or are otherwise endangered. RIT membership requires a specialized skill set that demands regular training; this building will facilitate the practice of these skills, as well as those of a more fundamental nature.
Funding for the building project came entirely from private donations.