Fire Training Center
The concept of the Training Center was created by the late Russell Lowery over a decade ago. Originally housed in a building on the Eastern State Hospital grounds, the Center began simply as a place for classes to be held. It consisted only of a few classrooms, limited resources, and had no full-time staff.
The Center has now moved into a fully functioning training facility with two large lecture rooms, several "skill station" rooms, a full inventory of Fire and EMS training equipment (including Audio/Visual and computer aids), Library, and three full-time employees. The Center is located at 5077 John Tyler Hwy.
The Fire Department is a member of the Peninsula Fire Training Group that operates a full live burn facility and training tower located in the Lee Hall section of Newport News.
The Training Center is recognized by the State of Virginia as an authorized facility for State Fire Programs. The Center is also one of the certified testing sites for the PEMS region. In addition to Fire and EMS training, the Center is also available to all JCC departments as a training facility.