The new Fire Training Center will be built with a Firefighter Air Replenishment System (FARS), Plano Fire-Rescue announced. Basically, FARS replenishes air when and where firefighters need it most. Ours will be one of the first fire training centers in the area to be equipped with this technology.
A network of FARS standpipes deliver breathable air and provide firefighters with a quick, safe and effective way to refill their air bottles at filling stations located throughout a building. During an emergency, being able to replenish air bottles inside a building and not have to go outside saves time and energy for firefighters.
Plano was the first Texas city to install FARS in new high-rise construction. Approximately 25 high-rise buildings built in the City since 2016 have FARS. Being able to train on the system gives Plano firefighters practical hands-on experience.
Firefighter Air Coalition, an industry advocacy group, is providing this technology to PFR at no cost. This organization promotes firefighter safety using air management, advanced fire-ground research and the adoption of building codes requiring FARS.
“FARS is a game changer for the safety of firefighters and therefore, by extension, the general public,” said Sam Greif, Plano Fire Chief. “Water and air are the two biggest commodities that firefighters need to fight fire. The water issue was solved decades ago with standpipe systems. Now the air issue is resolved with FARS.”
Ground was broken on the $14.8 million Fire Training Center at McDermott and Robinson Roads in October 2020. Construction on the 2-acre complex should be complete in early 2022.