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RTFC Training Academy

Located on approximately nine acres of land, the RTFC Training Academy is where seasoned RTFC instructors shape the heroes of tomorrow. Only those with the fortitude to handle the pressures of industrial firefighting and emergency response make it through the academy.

All of the acreage is put to good use with our on-site features, structures, and training props that produce live fire, hazardous material, and rescue training opportunities. Training is a serious matter, so the equipment on hand is meant to give trainees a rigorous and real experience.

On-Site Features
  • common industrial and municipal fire hydrants, sprinkler systems, and foam systems
  • 220,000-gallon water tank that provides fire water flow to the training field via two Detroit Diesel 3,000 GPM fire pumps
  • 5,000-gallon kerosene tank and a 10,000-gallon propane storage tank provide fuel for fire training props
  • 250,000-gallon waste water treatment plant for runoff water
  • classrooms with seating capacities of 100
  • modern audio/visual training equipment
  • restroom, rehab, and showering facilities
  • fully stocked and functional medical clinic
Firefighting Support Building
  • Administrative offices
  • Three drive-through bays
  • Break room
  • Dispensary
Field Training Structures
  • A large process unit that duplicates virtually all of the common potential emergencies found in petrochemical plants today. Largest in the US (150×83 ft.)
  • Multiple-level structure, 2nd level 10’6″, 3rd level 20’4″
  • Concrete slab provides realistic fire development and protects the environment
  • Over 30 individual Kerosene & LGP fires
  • Comprehensive water spray system for protection and realistic training
  • 3 Towers: 30, 75, and 80 ft. for High Angle Rescues
  • Instructor Control System – provides realistic Fire Growth/Fire Extinguishment

Training Simulators

Pump Alley

This horizontal prop is a series of 4 horizontal product pumps, located within the Industrial Process Unit, and is capable of producing LPG and flammable liquid fires on one or all of the pumps simultaneously. Students learn how to approach these fires, setup portable equipment and successfully isolate block valves on multiple pieces of equipment.

Truck Loading Terminal

This training prop consists of multiple flange leaks and pipe ruptures which spill to a holding area that may be ignited. This type of training allows students to learn the dangers and techniques associated with emergencies involving the loading or unloading of tankers.

Two-Level Fire Structure

This building can be used to simulate either house, office or apartment fires and consists of three rooms upstairs and three rooms downstairs, all capable of burning Class A materials for firefighting. This structure provides intense heat and zero visibility, while allowing students to practice search and rescue, attack, standpipe, ventilations and overhaul operations.

Rail Car

The rail car rail track training props are used for a variety of Hazardous Materials and confined space rescue training scenarios and can be used to teach students the identification procedures and tactics involved in these types of emergencies.


The simulated ship/barge training prop consist of multiple decks with two diesel engines, a boiler front, a bilge, various pumps, steep ladders, a bridge, storage compartments and a “Universal Ship-to-Shore” water connection. This training prop is capable of producing LPG and flammable liquid fires and allows students to master techniques for search and rescue, access and egress fire water foam applications and a variety of other tasks associated with modern marine vessel emergencies. This training prop has been approved by the USCG as a training facility for “Marine Firefighting for Land Based Firefighters”.


The aircraft training prop is designed to simulate and aircraft that has encountered a crash or fire and is capable of producing flammable liquid engine fires as well as, Class A material fuselage fires. This training prop allows students to perform search and rescue and fire attack operations on realistic vehicle, complete with a passenger sating compartment. This training prop has been approved by the FAA as an “Aircraft Crash Fire and Rescue” training Facility.

High Angle and Confined Space Rescue Training

The RTFC Training Academy has multiple props available, in which to conduct high angle and confined space rescue operations. These props include: pipes, vessels, towers, reactors, rail cars, and and drums all of which are equipped with a variety of horizontal and vertical access entry configurations to meet 29 CFR 1910.146 regulations. In addition, the RTFC Training Academy regularly conducts rescue training courses on board The U.S.S. Lexington Aircraft Carrier Museum. This decommissioned aircraft carrier provides a unique training environment with over 14,000 confined spaces, most of which are in parts of the ship not accessible to tourists.