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Grand Unveiling of New Tampa Fire Training Tower

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Tampa Fire Rescue will unveil its newly completed fire training tower constructed of modified shipping containers on Monday, September 18.

PURPOSE: Grand unveiling of the newly constructed firefighter training tower which will be used to prepare firefighters for real-life scenarios, including fighting fires in high rise buildings.
SPEAKERS: Mayor Jane Castor, Fire Chief Barbara Tripp, Fire Training Chief David Dittman, Tampa City Councilwoman Lynn Hurtak

DATE: Monday, September 18, 2023
TIME: 10:30 AM
LOCATION: Tampa Fire & Police Training Complex, 116 S. 34th St, Tampa, FL 33605

Media outlets planning to attend are asked to RSVP by emailing media@tampagov.net.

Tampa Fire Rescue (TFR) is proud to unveil the new Drager Phase 5 Modified Multi Story System, an advanced training tower that will replace the previous burn simulator constructed in 2009 and demolished this summer.

As the City of Tampa’s landscape continues to transform with more high rises and densely populated spaces, it is critical that firefighters are trained to respond to fires quickly and safely in such structures.

The Drager Phase 5 features more than a dozen modified shipping containers, including burn chambers, cold chambers, a tower, an elevator shaft for high-rise fire response training, and confined space training areas.

On Monday, September 18, at the Tampa Fire and Police Training Complex, 116 S. 34th St, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, Fire Chief Barbara Tripp, additional members of TFR and Tampa City Council, will join together to unveil the new training structure with a fire hose uncoupling to symbolize a ribbon cutting, followed by members of TFR repelling from the new tour in celebration and a media tour inside the new tower.