Editorials

For firefighters, a new training center

Sgt. Eddie Trinidad, unofficial "mayor" of the FWPD police practice village at the new, $97-million Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex.
Sgt. Eddie Trinidad, unofficial "mayor" of the FWPD police practice village at the new, $97-million Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex. Star-Telegram

Should we ever find ourselves in need of the Fort Worth Fire Department’s help, it’s reassuring to know its finest have some of the best preparation available.

That’s thanks in part to the department’s new training center.

Firefighters will now complete nearly nine months of training at the $97 million Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex, which boasts an eight-story fire tower and burn building.

The burn building can sustain temperatures up to 2,000 degrees; the tower gives trainees the feel of racing flames down the stairs.

Both provide a live fire experience like no other such facility in the nation.

The FWFD’s force is more than 900 and growing to accommodate the needs of an expanding community. The new facility will help them achieve that goal.

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