Sep 28, 2023
Syracuse Fire Department unveils new training tower


The Syracuse (NY) Fire Department unveiled a new state-of-the-art fire training tower earlier this week.

The $3 million fire training tower is five stories and will prepare crews for multiple types of emergencies. The new facility was funded mostly by pandemic relief funds.

A recent story by Spectrum Local News detailed the new training tower in Syracuse. Below is an excerpt from the Spectrum Local News report.

“The very first time that you can put your skills to work, that you really think that you saved somebody’s life, or made their day better; or they weren’t breathing properly and you gave them oxygen; or if you had to do CPR on somebody and you resuscitate after them and they came back to life; or you go to a fire and you rescued somebody and you can have a reunion with them. There is no other feeling greater than that in the world,” Syracuse fire chief Michael Monds said.

Serving as a firefighter is obviously risky, and Monds said modern synthetic materials are causing properties to burn faster than decades ago. That’s why there’s a lot of excitement surrounding a new Fire Training Tower in Syracuse, one that simulates fires in high-rise and mid-rise buildings, where every second counts.

“Before this training tower, if there was a fire on the fifth floor or the fourth floor of a building, the third floor of a building, we had no way to practice for that. Now, we’re going to be able to give our firefighters the real-life simulation of a fire so they can practice and practice and practice,” said Monds.

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Twenty-six recruit firefighters were sworn in on Tuesday. They’ll be the first Syracuse Fire Department recruitment class to be trained with the certification of a New York state emergency medical technician.

To read the full story from Spectrum Local News, click here.