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ATTN: Training and Safety Div.
405 Pike Road
West Palm Beach, FL
33411-3815
 
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Phone: 5616167017
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Chief Herman W. Brice Regional Training Center

The Chief Herman W Brice Administrative Complex is home to the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Regional Training Facility. The training complex provides safe, controlled, and realistic training simulations designed to meet the challenging and complex needs of the fire service in a comprehensive environment. The Florida Bureau of Fire Standards has approved Palm Beach County Fire Rescue as a State of Florida certified Training Center. High quality instructors provide basic training, specialized training, conferences, and seminars that includes both didactic and skill sessions.

Facility
The 42-acre training complex at Palm Beach County Fire Rescue resides at 405 Pike Road and is centrally located off Southern Blvd and the Florida Turnpike.

The north side of the training complex is home to five classrooms designed to accommodate 40 students each, complete with full technology support. Computerized simulation labs provide state-of-the-art driving simulation, command and control simulation, and patient simulation tools. The Apparatus Facility houses the fully stocked Rescues and Engines, as well as the equipment storage and maintenance areas. The Training Improvement Grounds are home to the 6 story tower, 2-1/2 story Class A burn building, driving course, extrication area, and a variety of full-scale LP props.

Staff
The Training & Safety Division is comprised of 14 full-time personnel and 100 adjunct instructors. Nine full-time Staff Captains provide training for the 1,400+ personnel in Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in areas such as: officer, firefighter, medical, driver, special operations, and recruit academy training. The Website Specialist updates our extensive on-line training site. The personnel in the Video Production section provide monthly programs that are televised on cable television as well as producing monthly training videos for the department.

Image of the Burn Building Burn Building
The concrete building is designed, engineered and built in order to allow for the controlled burning of normal, Class A combustibles, in an effort to replicate conditions experienced during interior structural firefighting scenarios. The burn building simulates a 2 1/2 story, 4,200 square foot residential structure complete with garage and exterior patios. High temperature linings provide additional structural protection for repeated Class A fires to allow students to develop the confidence and proficiency in structural firefighting. Additional mobile props such as residential LP gas cylinders, electrical service entrance, vehicle, and noncombustible furniture add to the realism of potential scenarios. All burns are conducted in strict accordance with Florida State Statute 633.821, NFPA 1402 "Guide to Building Fire Service Training Centers", NFPA 1403 "Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions".

The burn building also has a separate section specifically designed for firefighters and fire arson investigators to investigate fire scenes in order to determine cause and origin of suspicious and incendiary fires.

Image of the Training Tower Tower
The six-story fire tower is constructed to provide fire and EMS training scenarios aimed at replicating events in multi-storied buildings. The tower is designed with multiple facades to accommodate various scenarios. One-side has a single story residential fašade with garage and operational roof ventilation prop. Another side is designed to resemble a high-rise apartment complex to simulate window and balcony rescues. One-side is specifically allocated to elevated victim rescue complete with window washer prop. The last side is designed as a commercial first story and floor garden apartment arrangement on the second floor. Access to the tower is possible through an exterior or interior stairwell. The interior stairwell also has manholes to access floors six down to floor one. Each floor and roof has anchor points configured for elevated victim rescue scenarios. An interior smoke distribution system and sprinkler system add to the versatility of possible realistic scenarios.

Image of the Fire Behavior Module Fire Behavior Module
The Flashover Simulator provides Firefighters with an ability to watch the stages of fire development in a controlled environment. Instructors are able to demonstrate fire behavior and teach Firefighters appropriate fire suppression techniques based on the fire growth.

SCBA Confidence Module
The SCBA Confidence Module challenges Firefighters to successfully maneuver through a structured course during reduced visibility. The course requires Firefighters to practice air management, utilize good judgment and decision-making skills while constantly maintaining situational awareness.

Image of the LP Field LP Field
The LP field has a variety of Liquefied Petroleum props to train Firefighters in flammable liquid fires, car fires, and propane emergencies. To ensure safe control over each evolution, the props are operated at an observation platform that provides for an elevated view complete with additional safety shut-off features. The individual LP props include a vehicle fire, Bobtail LP delivery truck, commercial dumpster, flammable liquid, and a 250 and 1,000 gallon LP cylinders.

Hazardous Materials Field
The hazardous materials field contains confined space and hazardous materials props to allow Firefighters the ability to recognize hazards, establish perimeters, and complete required operations on actual devices.

Extrication Field
The extrication field allows Firefighters to train on various vehicle, truck and bus accident scenarios. The field has an area to store surplus vehicles and use a forklift to build each scenario combined with mobile props such as telephone and power pole, power transformers, jersey barriers, and guardrails.

Driving Field
The driving field provides sufficient area to use a standard Certified Emergency Vehicle Operator Course or other custom-driving course, if required. In addition, the entire roadway system allows access to every prop through various planned routes, turns, and provides for realistic apparatus placement at emergency incidents.

Pavilion
The pavilion allows for rest and rehabilitation of Firefighters after each training evolution. It contains numerous picnic tables and a Charcoal barbeque grill.

Image of Disaster Alley Disaster Alley
This area includes an overturned bus, crashed helicopter and part of DC 7 airplane for firefighters to training on mass casualty incidents. A future urban search and rescue (USAR) rubble pile will provide realistic simulation of post-storm conditions.

Lake and Drafting Site
The 10-acre lake provides the perfect setting for Firefighters to train in water supply operations and flow large amounts of water, while allowing for the return of the water back to the lake as a method of conserving this vital resource.

Aerial view of the facility with text descriptions.