The Garland, TX Fire Department has a new home which includes administrative offices and training facilities. The new 58,000 square foot complex is also home to the Fire Marshal’s Office, Training Division, EMS offices and Support Services.
“The best just got better,” says Fire Chief Danny Grammer. “In the past Garland Firefighters were sent to Collin County to receive their state certification. We now will be able to train our new recruits to our standards here at our facility.”
The training facility has a drill tower, burn building, flashover chamber, high rise apartment, and a driving course. The building is environmentally friendly. In the past, old furniture and hay were used to created fire-training scenarios. Propane will be used in this building, allowing more fire scenarios in the training day and less clean up. The fire department will be able to send 24 recruits at a time through the 16-week course.
The facility will be able to accommodate regional classes for the National Fire Academy. The three classrooms have auditorium seating and break out rooms for small group discussions. The largest classroom can seat 96.
The facility also houses a workout room and an outdoor track for firefighters and staff. The support services division finally has the room it needs to store medical supplies and equipment. The Fire Marshal’s Office has a plan review room.
“We finally have the space we need,” says Chief Grammer, “No more storing boxes in offices.” The Garland Fire Department has some of the newest equipment and up to date fire stations in the metroplex.
“We’re grateful to the present and past city councils and the citizens of Garland for making this possible,” says Chief Grammer.
For more information about fire safety and education, please visit www.garlandfire.com.