By Russell Hixson
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Stillwater firefighters could be practicing their skills in a smoke filled building simulator as early as June.
Chief of Training Robert Black said the city approved the purchase of an $80,000 building simulator which will help firefighters practice attacking structure fires.
Fire officials estimated the 40-foot long, 16-foot wide structure would cost less than $100,000. It will be constructed behind the fire station on Main Street.
Firefighters will be able spray water, fill the building with smoke, run search and rescue and practice rapid interventions. The design will also allow for expansion.
The contract was won by American Fire Training Systems of Illinois. Black said the company will likely begin construction on the facility in Illinois in the coming weeks and ship it in several parts to Stillwater in the middle of June where it will take several hours to put together.
“This is a big deal for Stillwater Fire Department,” Black said. Without the facility firefighters have to practice on abandoned buildings, in the basement of fire stations or travel to other facilities out of state.