Tempe Fire Department is proud of our public/private partnership with Arizona Public Service (APS), a local electrical utility company, which enabled the construction of a state-of-the-art fire training center on the grounds of the Ocotillo Power Plant. The Tempe/APS Joint Fire Training Center, located at 1340 E. University Dr., provides training for firefighters for both Tempe and APS firefighters. The partnership includes 8.07 acres of land provided by Arizona Public Service with site improvements, construction of building, training props, and furnishings provided by the City of Tempe.
Special features of the training center include:
• a classroom/office building
• two-story burn building, which produces non-toxic artificial smoke and uses a natural gas heat simulator
• four-story training tower with moveable wall
• drafting pit for pumper testing and apparatus operator training
• driver training course with skid pad
• trench rescue and confined space rescue props
• roof ventilation props - both pitched and flat roofs
• automobile accident extrication area
• electrical props including both ground and pole-mounted transformers
• liquid petroleum gas and natural gas training props.