The West Des Moines Fire Department uses several training simulators to re-create realistic emergency scene operations. These simulators include a five story training tower that is used for several types of search and rescue drills, live fire attack drills, engine and ladder operations drills, and high angle rope rescue drills.
Several live fire simulators are used to teach proper procedures of fire attack such as car fires, liquid fuel fires, as well as dumpster fires. Along with live fire simulators, the training grounds include two burn cells, a roof simulator that re-creates vertical ventilation of a pitched roof, as well as a confined space simulator that consists of several sections of utility piping buried in the training grounds, that re-creates the atmosphere firefighters attempting a confined space rescue may encounter.
Training simulators provide an opportunity for our firefighters to gain knowledge and experience with realistic emergency operations, while operating in a controlled environment to ensure safety.