‘Burn building’ added to AFR’s training facility

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Fire Rescue now has a two-story burn building that will be used for training purposes.

Rooms in the facility can be set on fire – giving cadets a real look at what they will be facing out in the field.

AFR already had a burn structure that cadets use to train, but leaders say this new space is meant to take training to a new level with its versatility.

“This building was designed to be versatile, to meet the needs of our department and our city,” said Joe Lopez with AFR. “We can simulate what we call two over two fourplex, a single-story residential, a two-story residential, and a single story with a basement. This versatility will allow us to continually adapt and modify our training to meet the needs of our city’s most precious resource – our citizens.”

The burn building is already in use. The 101st Cadet Class is using it as part of their training to teach new firefighters the fundamentals of fire behavior.

AFR also added a smoke facility last year meant to put cadets through low-visibility scenarios.

Click on the video above for an inside look.