The City of Tulsa, Tulsa Community College, and the Tulsa Fire Department celebrated the grand opening of the new Tulsa Fire Safety Training Center in July 2015. This state of the art facility is the first of its kind in the state of Oklahoma and was built for live-fire and hands-on training with a focus on safety and environmental friendliness while ensuring valued training for both new and experienced emergency responders.
The facility is designed to teach initial response through operational recovery and has the ability to provide all required training and testing props without the need to travel to a different city or venue to satisfy the needs of the credentialing entity for Firefighter I and Firefighter II. The training center is intended to be a regional facility with the desire to expand partnerships with other agencies, educational institutions, affiliated industries and private organizations.
The Tulsa Fire Safety Training Center serves as the Tulsa Fire Department's Training Center and through a partnership with TCC, the Tulsa Fire Dept. will be able to provide a firefighter certification program and train local companies and businesses as it relates to fire safety, petroleum and aviation. The facility will also serve the educational and training opportunities for TCC students in the Fire and Emergency Services degree program.
Intended to be ever changing and growing through multiple phases, future phases will include swift water rescue, additional burn buildings, industrial loading rack and pipeline, railroad spur with cars and possibly an aircraft fire training prop.
Funded by the 2005 General Obligation Bond Issue, the first phase of construction cost $12.9 million with an additional $3 million from sales tax for the Special Operations building. TCC purchased nearly 40 acres of land adjacent to the TCC Northeast Campus at approximately $2.2 million in land acquisition. TCC will have the first option to construct a dedicated classroom building.
Tulsa Fire Chief of Training