MAAC is the first public/private partnership of its kind in the State of Indiana.

The MAAC Public Safety Training campus, located in Valparaiso, Indiana, includes a 40-foot search and rescue tower, 2 story live burn building, flashover unit, 2 story residential training structure, ventilation and forcible entry training structure, rescue technique drafting pond, vehicle extrication pad, ventilation and forcible entry structure, fire extinguisher and propane teaching areas, indoor apparatus training space and classrooms. All systems on campus are designed and manufactured to meet National Fire Protection Association requirements.

Training Field

The MAAC training campus is made up of approximately 4 ½ acres and was designed to allow multiple training evolutions or departments to use the field at any given time. The field consists of the following:

Aerial View of The MAAC
Aerial View of The MAAC
Aerial View of The MAAC
Aerial View of The MAAC

Four Story Structure & Drill Tower

The Drill Tower is 2,260 sq. ft. of training space on 4 floors that includes multiple entry points from both the external stair tower and interior stairs. Training options include search and rescue, hose deployments, ventilation, standpipe, ground ladder training, aerial positioning, rope rescue and confined space entry. The 1st floor is meant to simulate a small apartment with the 2nd floor being a smaller efficiency sized apartment.

Confined Space Class set up
Confined Space Class set up
4 Story Prop & Tower <br> East Aerial View
4 Story Prop & Tower
East Aerial View
4 Story Prop & Tower <br>West View
4 Story Prop & Tower
West View
Confined Space Access <br> Top to Bottom View
Confined Space Access
Top to Bottom View

Two Story Residential Structure

The 2,100 sq. ft. replicates a single family home with an open concept design with living, dining, kitchen, laundry, bedrooms and study on the first floor with a loft and bedrooms on the second floor. The structure can be used for search & rescue, ladders, ventilation, hose work and various law enforcement and EMS scenarios.

Two Story Residential Structure     <br>Front View
Two Story Residential Structure
Front View
Two Story Residential Structure <br> West View
Two Story Residential Structure
West View
2 Story Residential Structure <br>Interior View
2 Story Residential Structure
Interior View
Two Story Structure <br> South View
Two Story Structure
South View

One Story Structure

The one story structure has a both a flat roof section and a pitch roof section. The flat roof measures 20’ x 32’ and has both a 2’ and 4’ parapet wall. The flat roof features two cut out sections for ventilation training. The pitch roof section measures 20’ x 32’ with a 4/12 pitch and also has two cut out sections. The open space underneath the roof is an open space for various training opportunities.

Flat Roof Cut out Panels
Flat Roof Cut out Panels
1 Story Prop <br> Aerial View
1 Story Prop
Aerial View
1 Story Prop <br>East View
1 Story Prop
East View
1 Story Prop <br>West View
1 Story Prop
West View

Live Fire Burn Building

The 1,400 sq. ft. two-story residential burn building is a Class A burn structure with three separate burn areas, two on the first floor and one on the second floor. Interior and exterior stairs allow stairwell operations under live fire conditions to complement stairwell training conducted in the 4-story tower. The burn building has multiple entry points via various simulated porch entry points along with a long interior hallway that allows for various entry and hose evolutions. The exterior stairway leads to a flat roof section that can be used as a staging area for simulating a basement scenario via entry from the second floor.

Live Fire Burn Building <br>South View
Live Fire Burn Building
South View
Hose drills in Burn Building
Hose drills in Burn Building
Live Fire Burn Building <br>North View
Live Fire Burn Building
North View
Live Fire Burn Building <br>West View
Live Fire Burn Building
West View

Flashover Unit

The Flashover Unit is where fire behavior can be observed three feet below the fire floor. Instructors will demonstrate basic fire behavior using Class A combustibles. Key points of the system include incipient phase of the fire, fire growth, smoke production, high and low pressure zones, thermal feedback, rollover and flashover. The students are shown, and can practice under working fire conditions, nozzle techniques that can be used in any interior setting. There can be multiple evolutions before the fuel load is depleted.

Flashover Unit
Flashover Unit

Ventilation Props

Both the One and Two Story have the capability for vertical ventilation. The two story residential structure has an 8 / 12 pitch roof and can also be used for an aerial tip cut. The one story structure has both pitched and flat roof sections to all training on a variety of rooftop operations. The roof has a 4 / 12 pitch over have the structure and a flat roof with various parapets over the other half of the roof. There is also a variable pitch roof simulator at ground level, and a mobile ceiling pull prop.

Ventilation Ground Level Prop
Ventilation Ground Level Prop
Ventilation King Ceiling Prop
Ventilation King Ceiling Prop

Forcible Entry Props

Eight forcible entry props allow demonstration and practical evolutions to include the standard door props, hinge and security bar cutting, thru the lock techniques, door cuts, garage door cuts and padlock cuts. The various doors allow any number of pushing, prying, cutting and bending opportunities that provide a host of options in teaching and practicing various forcible entry skills.

Propane Fire Training Area

The Propane Fire Training pad is made up of a series of Live Fire Props. All valves are live and although can be shut off by an Instructor remotely are live valves and require the firefighter to close the valve. The props include the following:

  • 1,000-gallon Propane tank with two valves and a relief valve controlled by the instructor.
  • Multi-valve prop with three separate valves and types of fire.
  • Small Propane tank with a single Propane valve and pipe leak.
  • Two valve pipe leak, which simulates closing an active system by isolation both sides of the fire.
  • Small Pan and obstacle fire simulating a spill fire in containment and an active leak.
  • Propane Tree with a single valve isolation at the base of the tree.
  • Small Dumpster fire.
  • Large Dumpster fire.
  • Vehicle fire.

Fire Extinguisher Training Area

The Fire Extinguisher Training pad is made up of a series of fire extinguisher props that simulate Class A combustible material, Class B flammable liquid or Class C electrical fires using propane controlled by the instructor. The props include the following:

  • Small Trash Can
  • Small Flammable Liquid Cabinet
  • Small spill fire in a 3’ x 5’ pan
  • Small spill fire with obstacle in a 3’ x 5’ pan
Flammable Liquid Simulated Fire
Flammable Liquid Simulated Fire
Simulated Class A Trash Can Fire
Simulated Class A Trash Can Fire
Class A Burn Crib
Class A Burn Crib
Fire Extinguisher Flammable Locker
Fire Extinguisher Flammable Locker

Hazmat Area

Used for the simulating various hazardous material leak and spill scenarios and incidents involving common containers and transportation vehicles. The pipe leak prop consists of a number of different sized pipes and valves. A 28’ box trailer has a number of typical containers that can be arranged and set up as needed. The MC-307 Trailer and separate ground level dome props can also provide various leak and spill scenarios.

Hazmat Training Area Pipe Leak Prop
Hazmat Training Area Pipe Leak Prop
Hazmat Training Area 1
Hazmat Training Area 1
Hazmat Training Area MC 307 Top
Hazmat Training Area MC 307 Top

Drill / Extrication Area

A 100’ x 80’ concrete pad used for various drill evolutions and backs up to the one, two and four story props. The area is commonly used for vehicle extrication but easily supports demonstrations and large groups or displays. This also provides ample space to conduct basic hose evolutions prior to moving into more complex hose evolutions within the training structures.

Vehicle Extrication Class
Vehicle Extrication Class
Vehicle Extrication Pad
Vehicle Extrication Pad

Drafting Pond

The 20,000-gallon drafting pond features two dry hydrants and concrete drafting pads to support all weather operations. In addition, manifolds have been set up on the corners to avoid holding handlines during training. All valves and adapters are stored in the pond container.

Drafting Pond
Drafting Pond
Drafting Pond
Drafting Pond
Pond Dry Hydrant
Pond Dry Hydrant
Pond Manifold
Pond Manifold

Indoor Training Building

With 7,200 sq. ft., the building allows an open bay area with about 6,000 sq. ft. of open floor space used for indoor training during times of inclement weather. The indoor area also houses the ladder / rescue prop, CPAT equipment and a variety of other types of training props.

Indoor Ladder / Rescue Prop

Above the container workshop in the Apparatus Building is a wooden multi-room structure that can be used for laddering and has additional capability of being used for small scale VEIS drills, Pittsburgh drill from a second floor stairway and ladder slide and / or bailout (fall protection is built in), firefigher through the floor, etc.

Indoor Ladder
Indoor Ladder
Indoor Ladder
Indoor Ladder
Indoor Ladder
Indoor Ladder
Indoor Ladder
Indoor Ladder

Fire Hydrants

Four hydrants serve various parts of the training field providing city water pressure during normal usage with the capability of higher pressures when supported by the on-site fire pump. A hydrant and valve cut away is also available.

Hydrant
Hydrant
Hydrant Cut A Way
Hydrant Cut A Way

Firefighter Functional Fitness Equipment

The system consists of 3 pieces of firefighter fitness/training equipment that will allow simulation of numerous fire scene scenarios. The equipment can be used Air Consumption, Fitness Assessments, Skills & Technique training, Team Building, etc.

Firefighter Functional Fitness Equipment
Firefighter Functional Fitness Equipment

Fire Behavior Max Fire Box

Fire box that supplements fire behavior training with small scale live fire demonstration.

Fire Behavior Max Fire Box
Fire Behavior Max Fire Box

Lighting

The field has flexible lighting capability on each of the 30' light poles. Controls for the lights are at the base of each pole with 1 switch controlling 2 lights. The instructor can determine the level of lighting desired on the training field.

Lighting
Lighting
Lighting
Lighting