Providing a Learning Environment for First Responders

The Alaska Regional Aircraft Fire Training Center provides classroom and live-fire instruction to develop the skills necessary to perform aircraft rescue firefighting duties. It is one of just a handful of FAA-certified regional fire training centers throughout the United States. A $13 million project, this ARFF center includes a propane-fueled spill fire trainer, propane-fueled specialized aircraft fires trainer, and a 23,460 sq. ft. training building.

The building is two-story with classrooms, offices, locker rooms, equipment rooms, and attached vehicle storage bays. The control room is on the second floor facing the training apparatus. A unique feature of this building design included Non-FAA lease areas on the second floor. Also, it included provisions for future expansion of the classroom and vehicle storage areas. The owner chose to pay the additional cost of the non-FAA areas to take advantage of the building costs which were provided by the FAA AIP grant.