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2016 News and Information

Richmond Fire-Rescue opens new live-fire training facility

08 December 2016

Fire Training FacilityRichmond Fire-Rescue officially opened its live-fire training site yesterday. Located at the Lafarge cement plant in east Richmond, it features a burn building specifically designed for training on extinguishing live-fire scenarios while also providing the opportunity for fire fighters to practice proper tactical techniques of rescue, attack, ventilation and safety.

“The City is committed to ensuring a safe community for all Richmond residents,” explains Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “This new site compliments our fire department’s existing training program in providing our fire fighters with the skills and education essential to properly respond to the emergency needs of our community.”

This new training facility is built on 1.6 acres owned by Lafarge Canada Inc. and leased to the City of Richmond for exclusive use by Richmond Fire-Rescue until 2024.

"Lafarge is proud to provide the opportunity for Richmond's firefighting professionals to practice their life-saving work on our site, right in the community. Health and safety is our overarching value and having this team and their equipment visible to our employees and contractors is another constant reminder of how we must practice caring for one another,” comments Lafarge Plant Manager, Pascal Bouchard,

The training site features a burn building and purpose-built props to simulate forcible entry, auto extrication, high angle and confined space rescue as well as fire ground survival. It also provides a fire truck driver training course.

Lafarge Canada Inc. is recognized for its generous support, which contributed to making this facility possible. 

For more information about the training facility or fire safety information in general, please contact Richmond Fire-Rescue.