North Metro Fire Rescue District is home to one of the most state-of-the-art Training Centers in the Rocky Mountain Region. Operational since October 2008, the Training Center and adjoining Fleet Maintenance Facility sit on 14 acres of land located in Weld County, within the city of Northglenn. The North Metro Fire Rescue District Training Center Complex includes an educational facility with four classrooms, three burn buildings, a confined space/trench rescue prop, a hazardous material prop, an extrication yard and a driving track. In addition, the training ground includes a retention pond capable of delivering water for training evolutions, as well as recycling a majority of the water used and collected from the site.
The Training Center Complex is intended to provide a training environment that simulates a variety of first responder situations in a safe and environmentally friendly atmosphere. The facility is conducive to a range of group sizes, each having their own technological and training needs.
Dennis D. Day Educational Facility
North Metro Fire has a variety of classroom/facility spaces consisting of over 10,000 square feet available for full day or half day rental. Classroom space consists of a large classroom that is divisible into three separate rooms; each separated room is also available for rental based upon availability. Each available classroom has audio and visual capabilities provided for no additional charge. The space is conducive to a variety of chair and table layouts to enhance your group’s educational experience.
An additional classroom space is available for those interested in a tiered learning environment. This classroom can accommodate up to 42 people and has a fixed room layout. The space also has full audio and visual capabilities with several, network and internet ready computer stations available for use.
Other features of this facility include an instructor preparation room, an exercise room with full men’s and women’s locker rooms, a turn-out room, and a catering kitchen w/ break room.
The North Metro Fire burn buildings are intended to provide a training environment for structural firefighting under a variety of conditions, up to and including the use of propane fueled live fire and/or simulated smoke with a minimum risk to training participants. The policy employed by North Metro Fire is based on NFPA 1403, Live Fire Training Evolutions.
Burn Building Descriptions
Tower Building: The Tower Building is a four-story training tower with a fire prop on the first and second floors. This structure is constructed of masonry and concrete. It utilizes Core-Ten© steel plates and Padgenite© heat shielding tiles in the burn rooms. The Tower Building has an interior stair system, interior three-story atrium, two fire props, an unstable floor system prop, search maze, an enunciator panel prop and an elevator problem simulator prop.
Commercial Building: The Commercial Building is a three-story training building with a fire prop on the first and second floors. This structure is constructed of masonry and concrete. It utilizes Core-Ten© steel plates and Padgenite© heat shielding tiles in the burn rooms. The Commercial Building has an interior stair system and an exterior stair system, search maze, roof ventilation prop and a floor breach prop. In addition to the fire prop rooms, there is a roll-over simulation prop in the hallway of the second floor.
Single Family Residence Building: The Single Family Residence Building is a one-story training building with a basement. This structure is constructed of masonry and concrete. It utilizes Core-Ten© steel plates and Padgenite© heat shielding tiles in the burn room. The Single Family Residence Building has an interior and an exterior stair system. There is one fire prop in this building, and it is located in the basement.
North Metro Fire Rescue District Training Center houses a number of first responder exterior training props. Whether your training purpose is to simulate fire service incidents, police operations, or improve specialized driving techniques – this facility provides the appropriate conditions.
Exterior Prop Descriptions
Car Fire: The Car Fire prop is a single vehicle fire simulation. This prop is fueled by propane and does have limited mobility on the Training Center’s grounds. In normal situations involving a car fire, a very common tactic of choice is to utilize foam as a fire suppressant. However, foam should not be used to extinguish the fire from the Car Fire prop.
Running Fuel Spill: The Running Fuel Spill prop simulates fuel that has leaked/spilled from its container and has caught fire. The prop is fueled by propane and has no mobility. In normal situations involving a fuel spill, a very common tactic of choice is to utilize foam as a fire suppressant. However, foam should not be used to extinguish the fire from the Running Fuel Spill prop.
Hazardous Materials: The Hazardous Materials prop simulates leaks involving both liquid and gas. There are a series of pipes that allow students to trace a leak to its source and plug it or close appropriate valves. In addition, the Hazardous Materials prop has a stairway that leads to a fabricated shell that responders would find similar to the shell of a gasoline tanker or a rail car.
Confined Space: The Confined Space prop simulates real world conditions that exist in every city’s storm system. The prop starts as a 36” pipe system and gradually works down to an 18” pipe after traversing through a 24” and a 20” pipe. Students can enter or exit the prop as necessary through a series of manhole covers placed strategically throughout the prop at conjunction points where the pipe changes size.
Trench Rescue: The Trench Rescue prop simulates conditions that may exist when construction of water and sewer lines is taking place. Students can practice the latest shoring and rescue techniques while simultaneously communicating with team members that are either in the trench or on the outer edge.
Extrication Yard: The Extrication Yard is a fenced area that holds vehicles used by students to practice extrication techniques.
Driving Track: A significant portion of the Training Center can be utilized by students that are learning to drive specialized machinery, including fire department apparatus. The Driving Track provides the student with ample opportunity to negotiate both left and right turns, open area driving, and tighter, more restricted areas. The Burn Building area is constructed to simulate a “cityscape” that has curbs and landscaping.
For more information, including fees, please contact the Training Division directly at (303) 466-4434.
Directions to the Training Center Complex
Take I-25 to Hwy 7 (exit 229). Go east to your first left which is 168th (looks like a frontage road). Proceed about a mile to your first left, which is Road 11. Go approximately one more mile until you see the North Metro Fire Rescue sign on your right hand side. Take that long driveway to the gates, when you turn in we are the first building on the right – Building C.