New Structural Firefighting Training Facility To Be Built In Adelaide

New Structural Firefighting Training Facility To Be Built In Adelaide

South Australia Minister for Emergency Services Chris Picton

New State-Of-The-Art MFS Structural Firefighting Facility To Be Built In Adelaide

Victor P Taffa

Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) is set to design and construct a state-of-the-art, multi-million-dollar structural firefighting training facility that will be the first of its kind in Australia.

“Our firefighters go through gruelling simulated training to ensure they are equipped to respond to emergencies and keep the public, as well as themselves safe while doing so.” Minister for Emergency Services Chris Picton said.


“State Government is very pleased to be delivering this new state-of-the-art training facility which will give our firefighters the chance to develop their skills with the very best equipment and technology.”

Minister for Emergency Services, Chris Picton and MFS Chief Officer, Greg Crossman will turn the first sod on the project at the MFS’ Angle Park Training Centre (APTC) today.

“Turning of the first sod at the MFS’ Angle Park Training Centre today is an important occasion. We’re witnessing the start of construction of a project that will benefit firefighter safety and the community in South Australia for decades to come.” SA Metropolitan Fire Service Chief Officer Greg Crossman said.

“Having a purpose-built live fire training facility in metropolitan Adelaide will help MFS firefighters to witness and respond to live fire behaviour, fight fires more effectively, better recognise the signs of fire deterioration and safely exit a structure fire.”

Project is currently out to tender.

Facility will comprise a large burn shed that will house 16 shipping containers offering various home, business and high rise scenarios where live fire burns can take place, simulating the arduous conditions firefighters face in real life situations.

Development includes

  • Lecture rooms,
  • Briefing and debriefing room,
  • Purpose built dirty-to-clean workflow areas,
  • Workshop areas,
  • Equipment drying room.

While designing the facility, which is unique within Australia, the MFS discovered that a similar facility exists in Frankfurt, Germany and drew on learnings from the overseas project. Interstate fire services are now watching our project with great interest.

Designed to improve firefighter knowledge, safety and performance, construction of the modern structural firefighting training facility will begin in the second quarter of 2018.


New project will deliver a significant boost to professional firefighter training in South Australia, with more than 1,100 metropolitan and regional MFS firefighters set to train at the facility.

It will be funded from the existing MFS capital budget.

Facility will offer firefighters ranging from recruits through to long-serving firefighters a greater range of basic, moderately complex and complex live fire training scenarios.

When completed, the development will allow MFS firefighters to:

  • Witness and respond to live fire development in home, business and high rise scenarios,
  • Be equipped with modern skills and techniques to safely and efficiently fight structure fires in a variety of home, business and high rise fire situations,
  • Make informed risk based assessments and decisions based on specific fire behaviour indicators,
  • Recognise fire behaviour, signs of deteriorating fire conditions and learn how to safely enter and exit a burning building,
  • Reduce property loss, prevent injury and potentially save lives when fighting structure fires.

‘live burn’ shed will be located at the MFS’ current Angle Park Training Facility and have an asset life of up to 50 years. The internal shipping containers will be replaced after 10 to 15 years.

Construction will also allow for future expansion, such as potential installation of a breathing apparatus compressor and fill station.

Smoke from live fire burns will be contained within the shed, collected and treated to limit the environmental impact of training.