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FVTC Public Safety Training Center

Mechanical system designed to START a fire

The Challenge

FVTC Public Safety Training Center features 75 acres of simulation technology that integrates tactical learning for law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, and more in one setting. Sophisticated air handling was needed for the facility’s 100-yard indoor firing range and a 300-yard indoor sniper range. During training, thousands of rounds of life ammunition are discharged—all of which give off toxic gases that have to be 100% exhausted out of the environment. Two areas of the training simulations required repeated burning in rail cars and burn pods. In the fire apparatus training area, the college needed to manage the exhaust from operating fire trucks during training sessions.

The Solution

For the indoor ranges, Hurckman teams recommended and installed Annexaire Energy recovery units, each of the two units weighed 17,000 pounds and more than handled the air in the hot, smoky ranges. For fire simulations, piping was used to pump air into rail cars so training teams could check for leaks. Crews also ran underground piping for natural gas and compressed propane to a series of burn pods. In order to meet the usage volume and track fuel consumption, crews added two 2,000 gallon propane and LP tanks. For the fire training area, teams recommended an exhaust system on trolleys: while the vehcile is running, exhaust is vented though the roof via hoses attached to the exhaust pipes with large magnets. Extremely high ceilings accommodated the trucks’ extension ladders, but also required Hurckman crews to install 2,000 feet of unistrut support to hold the exhaust system.

The Results

Adapting common HVAC ductwork and controls to unusual applications was a challenge for the Hurckman teams and required re-thinking common processes. The project was on a tight time frame and crews were challenged by the scheduling. Additionally, the size of the jobsite was massive and required additional process & materials planning.

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