New Fire Training Center Will Help Save Lives

      Firefighters will soon be better equipped to fight fires in your home or business and possibly save lives. The City of Tulsa is partnering with Tulsa Community College and is building the new center on the Northeast Campus.

      The state of the art building is going on to 34 acres of donated land from the college and will be a mutual training ground for the school and for the Tulsa Fire Cadets. {}

      Today, city leaders broke ground, alongside firefighters who are determined to find a better way to train first responders. {}They are making way for the center that will replace the old one, which has stood more than 60 years in west Tulsa.

      The first phase of the center will consist of {}a 6 story training tower that will host realistic scenarios, such as walls and floors that collapse.

      "Some bedroom fires, kitchen fires, collapsing floors, a lot of things we can't do that you cannot replicate in the field. Now we will be able to do that in our training center," said Chief Ray Driskell.

      There will also be a retention pond, which will provide learning water rescue.

      Construction begins this month and should be complete by November of 2014.