Joint Training Facility
Until the development of the Joint Training Facility, all City departments owned and
operated separate training facilities. However, a 2001 study commissioned by the City
found that combining the training requirements of the Seattle Fire Department (SFD),
Seattle Department of Transportation, and Seattle Public Utilities in a single facility would
be more efficient and economical.
Even more critical were the functional shortcomings of the Fire Department's existing
training facilities. The Department had no efficient means of conducting scenario training
for residential and commercial fires, high-rise fires, emergencies involving hazardous
materials, high-angle rescues, and confined space rescues. Training activities took place at
Station 14 (SoDo) in facilities that failed to meet the training standards set by the National
Fire Protection Association. Finally, classes traveled to the State’s burn facility in North
Bend to perform the annual live burn exercises required both by the State and the
The Joint Training Facility’s secure campus consists of two occupied buildings, an outdoor
training pavilion, a variety of training props, storage structures, limited parking and
The 26,000 sq. ft. teaching/administration building contains 4 classrooms, offices and
work areas, shower and locker rooms, various support/storage areas, and a lunch/multipurpose
room. In addition, there is a physical rehabilitation room for workers coming back
to work after injury.
The 7,200 sq. ft. high-bay fire apparatus/storage building replicates a non-residential operational fire station to provide training
opportunities for SFD recruits.
- The six-story High Drill Tower simulates staging and fire assault in multi-story buildings. In addition, the prop can be used for
maze training, search-and-rescue, aerial rescue, climbing and rigging, ladder throwing, roof ventilation, and rope training.
- The two-story Burn Building is a specialty prop outfitted with natural-gas (only) “fireplaces” that provide live fire training for
- The Emergency Vehicle Accident Prevention (EVAP) area is a 112,000 sq. ft. paved surface for heavy construction
equipment- and fire apparatus- driver training.
- The overpass prop simulates a highway overpass and includes a bridge section. It is used for driver training, bridge repair
training, high angle rope operations, ladder operations and to simulate auto fires or accidents on elevated roadways. The
hillside leading up to the overpass contains artificial geology and is used for low angle rope operations.
- The collapsed building prop provides search-and-rescue and hazard deconstruction opportunities.
- The trench digging and rescue props provide opportunities to practice using heavy equipment in digging, shoring, trenching,
pipe-laying, backfilling and rescue.
- The confined spaces prop provides a certified course where workers can obtain or renew their certification for confined spaces
- The vehicle extrication and foam area is an area used to practice training with foam suppressants and removal of victims
(dummies) from wrecked cars. This area is designed to capture broken glass and oil residue and route foam residue to the
sanitary sewer system.
Budget (Total Project Cost)
Phase I: $26,532,000
Phase II: $7,125,000
Design Development: 2003 -- 2004
Construction (Phase I): 2004 -- 2006
Construction (Phase II): 2007
Seattle Public Utility workers train at the facility.
Seattle Fire Department and Seattle Public Utilities perform a joint trench rescue training at the dig prop.