City of Richardson Fire Training Facility & Emergency Operations Center
Quorum Architects is the architect of record for the Richardson Fire Training and Emergency Operations Center. The 4.5 acre property nestled along Spring Creek and adjacent to Sherrill Park is part of an overall master plan of which Quorum has worked with the City and with North Texas Municipal Water District over many years. The total project totaled just over $7 million, including extensive site work, and a facility that is designed to be LEED certified. The exterior fire training props include vehicle extrication, trench rescue, and confined space rescue. The fire training building contains a four-story fire training building designed with multiple exterior facades to replicate single family as well as multi-family and commercial buildings found in the community. Inside there are multiple configurations, props, and training exercises including elevator rescue, flashover simulators for kitchens, hallways, bedrooms, living rooms, fire riser exercises, interior and exterior stairwells, sloped roof breech props, rappelling anchors, roof and balcony rescues, moveable maze panels, forcible entry props, various angle rope exercises, Class A and B fires, ventilation exercises, and on site SCBA bottle refill. As part of the training environment, the fire training building is equipped with two (2) rooms designed to utilize the use of combustible materials to create live fires within them. These fires provide realistic training to fire behavior and extinguishing.
The fire training building is equipped with multiple propane-fueled live fire props. These are computer controlled live fire training props that generate interior fires to be extinguished by the firefighters. Each prop is individually controlled by the trainer and is equipped with multiple safety elements, including integral smoke and heat evacuation, interior room temperature sensors and air samplers.
The 11,500 sf Administrative building, designed by Quorum Architects, serves three primary functions: a training facility for Fire Department recruits and Citizen Fire academies, an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and a back-up dispatch.
This building takes advantage of natural lighting throughout, reducing the electrical load of interior lighting and improving the working conditions for employees and visitors. The windows incorporate high efficiency glass and the use of cantilevered sun shade devices.
The entrance to the facility is from a plaza that includes the display or a memorial sculpture. The plaza incorporates concrete pavers and a 30’ lighted flag pole.
Additionally, there is a 4600 sf Equipment Storage facility on site that includes two bays to house equipment and apparatus during training activities. This area may also be used for “classroom” training activities. Additionally, this building includes a room to house the turn-out gear and the SCBA bottle filling equipment, along with a dedicated room for physical training activities. There is also a small office for record keeping and registration for recruits or trainees along with an “outdoor classroom” area beneath a canopy for critiquing and reviewing training activities.