Spartanburg County’s new fire-training burn center set to open later this month


Spartanburg County will soon have a new facility for training firefighters.

Spartanburg County’s new fire-training burn center is set to open later this month. It’s a training ground for the tough situations firefighters can face on the job. 

“We practice pulling our hose lines through the building,” said Chris Massey, who is the director of the Spartanburg County Emergency Services Academy. “We can set up some props in there with some mazes…kind of to disorient the firefighters to give them a feel of furniture in a room.”

One of the main things the building is used for is showing firefighters what a house fire feels like. Trainers will be able to light hay and wooden pallets throughout the building.

“It gives us the realistic effects of heat, smoke, low visibility,” Massey said. 

The building costs a little more than $1.8 million, according to Massey.

“This came from a county-wide half mill tax that all Spartanburg County taxpayers pay,” he said.

He said each of the county’s 36 fire departments can train at the facility. 

“Each of those different fire departments are required to have at least one live fire training scenario a year,” Massey said. “So this gives all of those departments an opportunity to be able to come and do that. A lot of the departments come multiple times per year.”

About 500 firefighters will train at the facility every year, by Massey’s estimation. 

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