The Layton City Fire Department has opened its new firefighter training facility at 1890 N. Fort Lane.
It features a training tower and a five-bay apparatus storage building that will accommodate future offices.The facility will better train Layton’s firefighters and make them more efficient, quicker and safer.
It will also be made available on a fee basis to other fire departments in Davis County. Previously Layton Firefighters had to train at Hill Air Force Base, or in abandoned buildings.
From how to cut a hole in the roof to how to escape a “turned-deadly” building on fire, the facility can simulate numerous scenarios, which include a residential home, an apartment complex and a business.
The computer controlled burn room in the tower is built to withstand temperatures up to 1,000 degrees. However, burn simulations are kept below 800 degrees through the use of thermocouplers that transmit to a temperature monitoring station.
Patriot Construction was the builder and also the site work contractor for the training tower. The facility cost $1.3 million, and is paid for. No debt was incurred with this project.