Rock Island Arsenal Development Group Homeland Security Fire Training Facilities
Rock Island, IL
Quad City-area fire departments needed facilities for homeland security and fire rescue training. As a result of collaboration between multiple entities that either provided funding or would be facility users, three new buildings were constructed on the Rock Island Arsenal. Working with the collaborative team of Rock Island Fire Department, East Moline Fire Department, Rock Island Arsenal and Rock Island Arsenal Public Works, Shive-Hattery provided design and program management to complete this training facility within a very challenging time line.
Collapse Building Training Facility - Shive-Hattery provided site and foundation design for a prototype building designed and built by another firm. The building has moving floors and walls to simulate a collapsed structure. The function of the building is to challenge trainees in various rescue tactics under a collapsed structure event.
Fire Training Building - Fire training building is a pre-engineered steel building designed by another consultant. The three-story building provides training for fire fighters with live fire situations. The structure challenges trainees with live fire events utilizing darkness, mazes, stairs and roof access. Trainees are to locate and extinguish each fire and progress to the next challenge within the building.
Vertical Ascent and Rappelling Facility - Shive-Hattery provided site and foundation design for a prototype Vertical Ascent building. This structure simulates vertical climbing and ascension from exterior and interior spaces. This structure consists of approximately 20 Sea Vans, similar to large truck trailers, which are stacked four to five high. The arrangement creates vertical spaces to simulate elevator shafts. Some are also arranged to simulate a bridge. Trainees must climb through the structure and locate openings and perform vertical rescue procedures. The foundation supports the vertical structural steel spline and bracing necessary for securing the assembly.
The result is a fire training facility that meets the needs of the team and was completed within schedule and budget. It provides state-of-the-art training for municipalities in the area, rural volunteer fire departments, rural EMTs, fire protection districts, National Guard and US Army.
"Shive-Hattery's oversight was key. I was the project manager (and very busy as assistant fire chief), so I relied heavily on Jeff Brown and the progress meetings. Shive-Hattery coordinated all the stakeholders and provided oversight during construction to make sure all concerns were addressed.
The State recently (2009) inspected all Illinois fire training facilities. The Arsenal Fire Training Facilities received outstanding grades. We are really pleased with the training facility. It continues to evolve to meet our changing curriculum."
Fire Chief, Rock Island Fire Department