New Haven Opens Regional Fire Training Academy
Photo by Jim Moss, New Haven Department of Fire Service
The New Haven, Conn., Department of Fire Service recently opened a drill ground that replaced one torn down several years ago under an urban renewal program.
Financed jointly by New Haven and the State of Connecticut, the $2.6-million New Haven Regional Fire Training Academy is available for use by fire fighters throughout the state.
The 160 x 96-foot administration building includes an auditorium, offices, four 26 x 35-foot classrooms, a kitchen and a large room that can be used as a dormitory for out-of-town trainees. The memorial mural that dominates the auditorium was painted by Anthony Falcone, a former fire fighter, and Dan Daddona. Folding gates at the intersection of the two corridors that divide the administration building into quarters make it possible to close off access to office, auditorium or classroom areas individually or in combination.
The 82-foot high drill tower has floors that measure 18′ 10″ x 18′ 5” and the 2 ½-story burn building is 30 ½ x 57 feet.
There is a hydrant system in the yard as well as a drafting pit and two flammable liquid pits. The drill tower has lighting for night training.