Mark Noble Regional Fire Training Center

View of MNRFTC campus including fire and residential towers

About the MNRFTC

This state-of-the-art facility is built upon an 8 acre complex in Olympia, Washington, an hour south of Sea-Tac International Airport. It features multiple training venues including a six story, Live Fire Training (LFT) Commercial Tower and Washington's only Regional Command Training Center. Learn more about each below.

The Commercial Tower is 8,500 square feet of training space on 6 floors that includes multiple entry points, complex room search areas, and live fire training (LFT) prop. Training options include live fire training, ventilation, hose deployment, search and rescue, ground ladder training, aerial positioning, and rope rescue.

The LFT Burn Prop uses propane for flame and theatrical smoke to provide a live fire training environment for firefighters. In the event of an emergency, powerful fans can exhaust the heat and smoke immediately, providing a level of training safety, unparalleled in any other live fire scenario. A significant advantage of the clean burning prop is that it does not produce airborne pollutants. With this prop we are able to conduct clean live fire training year round.

Building Features:

  • Commercial stove fire
  • Class I hood fire
  • "Burniture"
  • Ceiling flashover fire
  • 2 stairwells; one outfitted with standpipes
  • Multiple room search areas
  • FDC connections
  • Forcible entry door
  • Bailout windows
  • High angle rope rescue anchors
  • Power line prop
  • Ladder work; ground ladders, aerial ladder placement, window balconies

Command training is a critical component of fire officer development. This facility greatly enhances the realism and quality of emergency scene management training, simulating many "real-world" emergency situations including a variety of residential and commercial fires, as well as mass casualty incidents.

Computer projection models are used to provide visual clues, which are generated through the use of special effects, graphics, and animation software. These are controlled through a standard computer by menu driven software. The goal of the simulation training is to provide firefighters with a variety of visual and auditory cues that will enhance the decision-making process in practical situations. Realism is enhanced with the use of props such as:

  • Cab of a fire engine
  • Replicated command vehicle
  • Dispatch console, with live CAD terminal, radio and tone generator.
  • An exterior screen to allow visiting agencies the ability to utilize their own command vehicle during the simulation exercise.

The front of this 1500 sq ft building replicates a single family residential layout with garage, living, family, and kitchen with bedrooms on the second floor accessed by an interior stairway. The back replicates a garden style apartment or hotel layout with both an interior stairway and external stairs and walkways.

Residential Vent Prop

The residential vent prop has both a steep and shallow pitch to provide realistic roof surfaces for ventilation training. The commercial vent props replicate several typical roof systems including a bridge arch truss and lightweight flat commercial prop with parapet wall and fascia for checking fire extension.

Vertical Ventilation Aerial Tip Cut

This prop, located on top of the residential training tower provides firefighters with unique access to high angle roof ventilation training. One method OFD employs during structure fire attack is to cut the roof decking from the tip of the Aerial. This training prop provides a realistic environment to practice this technique.

100,000 square feet of blacktop for hose evolutions and vehicle extractions. Ample space to conduct basic hose evolutions prior to moving into more complex lays within the two training towers. The pad has been specifically designed to capture broken glass and oil residue during extraction training. Multiple hydrants to support the area.

Our facility also includes a Hillside Rescue Prop with 12 and 35 foot walls, each with artificial geology and anchor points for high and low angle rope rescue training, Live-burn Dumpster Fire Prop, and 20,000 gallon Draft Pump Pit for entities that must use natural sources of water for fire attack.

What does it cost?

Our goal is to provide the best fire training for your department. Whether your agency is interested in using the entire training campus or in sending one member to participate in a single course, we can develop a cost estimate for your specific needs.

Learn more about our available training courses below.

Firefighter spraying hose at fire inside training tower

Live Fire Training

The Live Fire Training Course bridges the knowledge that has been taught and practiced in the Blue Card Incident Command Course with the hands-on skills that are routinely performed on the fire ground. By training these skills within the proper context, students move from the conceptual into the practical.

Using element of the “Nozzle Forward” curriculum developed by Aaron Fields, our course focuses on Hose Deployment, Hose Line Coordination and Effective Fire Streams. Completion of this course meets the NFPA requirements of 1403 “Standards on Live Fire Training Evolutions”.

The commercial tower building features utilized in training are:

  • “Burniture”
  • Commercial stove fire prop
  • Class I Hood fire prop
  • Ceiling flashover fire prop
  • 2 Stairwells one outfitted with standpipes and one without
  • Multiple room / level search area
  • FDC connections
  • Forcible entry doors
  • Bailout windows

Training in front of several simulation screens in command training center

Incident Command Systems, Blue Card Training

Incident Command Systems, Blue Card training is a critical component of fire officer development. This particular Command Training facility greatly enhances the realism and quality of emergency scene management training. The laboratory is configured to simulate "real-world" training in a variety of emergency situations.

The lab encompasses incidents such as:

  • Residential fires
  • Multi-unit residential
  • Strip mall commercial
  • Small to medium size commercial
  • Big box stores
  • Hazardous materials releases
  • Mass casualty incidents

Computer projection models are used to provide visual clues, which are generated through the use of special effects, graphics, and animation software.  These are controlled through a standard computer by menu driven software. The goal of the simulation training is to provide firefighters with a variety of visual and auditory cues that will enhance the decision-making process in practical situations.
Realism is enhanced with the use of the following props:

  • Cab of a fire engine
  • SUV to replicate a Command vehicle
  • Dispatch console, with live CAD terminal, radio and tone generator
  • An exterior screen to allow visiting agencies the ability to utilize their own command vehicle during the simulation exercise

Mark Noble

Remembering Mark Noble

The training campus is named after Olympia Firefighter Mark Noble. Mark passed away in January of 2005 following a remarkable struggle with a line of duty related brain cancer.

Mark was a firefighter from January of 1984 to June of 2004. Before he was a firefighter in Olympia, Mark served with McLane Fire Department. Mark spent many hours both with McLane and Olympia helping firefighters to be safe through mentoring, and training.

Before Mark passed away, he sat down to conduct his last training session for all the firefighters who remained and those to come. In the training DVD entitled, “You Need It like a Hole in the Head, Firefighters and Cancer, An Interview with Mark Noble”, Mark shares his struggle with cancer and implores all firefighters to take every precaution to prevent exposure to carcinogens on the job. This last endeavor exemplifies Mark's spirit towards training and helping others. Mark's name, memorialized on the Fire Training Center symbolizes his commitment to firefighter safety and training and serves to educate all of us to the inherent dangers firefighters face each day.