Training center helps firefighters perform at and above national standards

It's not every day a firefighter charges into a burning building, but a Boulder training center gives local first responders a chance to do just that.

The Boulder Regional Fire Training Center opened in 2010 after the previous site on Lee Hill, used since 1974, was no longer meeting the needs of the community. Since then, hundreds of firefighters have received the training needed to save lives.

The $5.8 million project was funded through city and county sales taxes between 2002 and 2007. The site is now available to all 26 fire departments in Boulder County to use.

There were nearly 13,000 scheduled training hours at the facility last year. Firefighters trained in a variety of simulations, such as a floor collapse, elevator rescue, attic fire, car crash and many others.

‚ÄčThe 10-acre site features a burn building, training tower and administration building with classrooms fitted for up to 200 firefighters. These features and more allow for a diverse firefighter training experience required to provide needed services to the community.

The training center helps firefighters from across the county, and beyond, perform at and above national standards. With this state-of-the-art facility, Boulder firefighters get the training they need to keep community members safe.