Training tool 1
Golder Ranch firefighter Matt Gordon begins his rappel down the fire district’s new training facility. The new three-story building will help train firefighters in Northwest Tucson rather than forcing them go to travel to the Tucson Fire Department’s training facility near Interstate 10 and Wilmot road.
Training tool 2
Golder Ranch firefighter Matt Gordon, left, and engineer Chris Cavaletto work their way down from the top of the district’s new training facility. The facility will help the district practice more of the types of calls that happen less, which they call “high risk, low frequency calls.”
Training tool 3
Golder Ranch Fire District firefighters practice pulling “Rescue Randy” from a manhole-sized pipe that is incorporated into the new training facility.
Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 6:00 am
Golder Ranch Fire District has a new tool to help train its
firefighters on a multitude of simulated scenarios. The three-story
training tower at Station 370 at 3845 E. Golder Ranch Drive is
designed to improve firefighters’ skills in responding to live fire
burns, attending to fire-related situations in interior and
exterior stairwells, tunnels and mazes; and dealing with sprinkler
The pre-fabricated training tower is the second tallest in the
Tucson area. The top level provides a platform for rescue training,
including rappelling. There are various doors that firefighters can
force open and cut to practice gaining access to structures.
The cost to build the tower, including the construction of its
foundation, was $267,000.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011 6:00 am.