Live Fire Training Facility Constructed from Modified Steel Shipping Containers

When it comes to custom shipping container modifications and modular buildings, we always tell our customers that if they can dream it, we can build it. We’ve designed and constructed a lot of interesting structures from steel containers, but our most recent custom building is unlike anything we’ve ever done before.

This 4-Storey Live Fire Training Facility was a custom build for a fire department on Vancouver Island, BC, that will be used to simulate apartment fires. It was constructed from nine 40’ BigSteelBoxes, set on a concrete foundation and features interior stair wells that provide access through out the entire interior of the structure. This is a fully permitted structure, which complies with BC Building code, NFPA 1402 and 1403.

Fire-Training-Unit-BigSteelBox_450.jpgThere is a long list of custom specifications that went into this unit. Here are a few:

Exterior Specs:
• Exterior stair case with access to each floor and roof top
• Third floor has a pitched roof prop that has floor and roof hatches in it with access to the second floor and exterior
• Roof has steel grated decks and railings around the perimeter
• Rappelling anchors in multiple locations
• Catwalk/balcony on the third floor along back side of unit
• Steel shutters with latches on windows
• All exterior guard rails, window shutters and stair tower have a powder coated finish
• Custom exterior and interior paint job

Electrical and Ventilation:
• Exhaust system to remove heat from fire burn rooms
• Controls to monitor the rate of fire growth, extinguishment of fire, and temperature in the burn rooms
• Water base smoke generation and distribution system

Interior Specs:
• Second floor has a Denver Rescue prop that has the ability to swing away from window when not in use
• Main floor has a breechable wall prop
• Two natural gas fired burn rooms with thermal lining and steel walls: One on the main floor representing a garage with a steel car prop that can be lit on fire and the second that emulates a kitchen with steel cabinets
• Third floor has movable partition walls on a track to allow partition walls to be moved around to create different training scenarios

Learn more about our custom modular building options or contact us today for a quote on your project.


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