High-rise fire training

A new high-rise training facility for West Midlands firefighters - believed to be the first of its kind in the world - has taken shape this week at WMFS's Oldbury community fire station.

The six-storey tower was erected by crane over just two days, using 18 specially-designed inter-locking metal containers. They can be configured to safely train firefighters to fight fires, and to understand fire behaviour, in multi-storey residential and commercial premises. Instructors will be able to set fires in controlled conditions, and vary important factors such as ventilation and wind speed.

It's hoped that the facility will be operational by April 2014, following the installation of wiring, internal and external stairs, a high-tech control room, extensive burn testing and instructor familiarisation.

Please click here to watch a short video about the project.


Issued by Neil Spencer, Senior Media Relations Officer, tel 01231 380 6101. On Twitter we're @WestMidsFire

Press Release Date: 
Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 11:00