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Optimizing the Use of Live Fire Training Structures

BY GERALD E. PRUDEN AND ALEX GAGGIN Safety and performance training for firefighters must cover several on-the-job situations. This requires building structures that present realistic simulations of what firefighters will face as they respond to a call. When it comes to purchasing or having these structures built, there is no "one size fits all" for fire training departments. At least three different types of structures should be considered. As defined in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1402, Guide to Building Fire Service Training Centers, and 1403, Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions, these structures use either Type A fuels (solid materials) or Type B fu...

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