The new $4 million joint training facility in Irving is being hailed as an invaluable tool when it comes to protecting the public.

“You practice as you play and we want to practice at full speed as realistically as possible,” said Irving Fire Assistant Chief J. Taylor. “This simulator gives us a realistic look in a safe manner.”

A variety of different firefighter training exercises can be conducted at the facility, but burn simulators allow firefighters to battle flames in a State-of-the-Art way. The simulators can be remote-controlled to produce flames with the push of a button. Those buttons can also control where the fire burns and how intense, using propane-based flames which do not produce the toxins of a typical structure fire.

The facility will be shared and the cost split between the Irving and Grand Prairie Fire Departments. Prior to their new facility, Irving firefighters would have to leave the city to conduct training.

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