Fire Academy Training Facilities
Seminole State’s Fire Science Technology Program benefits from some of the finest training facilities in the state.
The program is part of the 59,000-square-foot Center for Public Safety on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. Fire Science students have access to a $2 million fire simulation lab, which is actually two projects in one: the College's remodeled Burn Building and the new fire training lab.
The two-story training lab — the first of its kind in Seminole County — features three rooms that were built with reinforced concrete and utilize propane, which is cleaner and makes the blazes controllable, and steel burners to create a realistic but safe environment for training firefighters. Two of the rooms — a kitchen and a bedroom — use props to re-create some of the challenges that a firefighter might face when responding to a home fire. Students and area firefighters use the lab to perform live fire training under controlled conditions.
In addition to the simulation lab, Seminole State's Fire Science Program uses sophisticated training tools such as:
- The quadprop, which can simulate four scenarios based on flammable liquids
- A permanent car fire prop that includes a smoke machine
- A fire maze, which mimics the tight, dark conditions firefighters face in tunnels and other narrow passageways