SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- After a full year of work, the new Luther J. Taylor Senior Fire Training Center is finally up and running.
It cost $5.5 million, but it will help keep South Bend firefighters on top of their game.
The five-acre center includes a six-story training tower, and another two-story building that can simulate the type of fire conditions that occur in high rises, restaurants, and houses.
There's also a classroom, a running rack, and an area where they can practice extricating victims.
And here's the really cool part -- each room can be changed to keep firefighters guessing.
“Frankly there are areas that we have never been able to train on – ever - that we have built in to this facility, that will allow those in our department to train on a safer to perform jobs,” explained SBFD Chief Steve Cox.
If something were to go wrong, the simulation can be shut down in a second.
South bend is going to let other fire departments train there, and even the police department will get a piece of the action.