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.
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:
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.
The Porter County Community Foundation Classrooms can seat 90 students at any given time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fire Behavior Max Fire Box
Fire box that supplements fire behavior training with small scale live fire demonstration.
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.