Plans to extend fire training building at Maresfield

The Fire and Rescue Training Building at Maresfield could be extended.

Extensions on the ground and first floor would provide a breathing apparatus classroom, servicing areas and office space.

Compartment fire training units, which would be used to recreate fire scenarios in controlled environments for training purposes, could also be built.

“Compartment Fire Behaviour training is an essential part of the fire fighters' practical training. It is necessary for fire fighters to understand and have experience in fundamentals of fire behavior in a realistic but controlled environment in order to practise safely and effectively,” say documents accompanying the planning application.

The Maresfield Training Centre, on the A272, is used for operational training including fire fighting, breathing apparatus, road traffic incidents, training for recruit whole time and part time firefighters and training in First Aid at Work and Incident Command.

The site is also used for commercial training for third party companies.

Documents say the number of trainees on the site would not increase and there would not be an increase in the number of fire burns there. The new compartment fire training units would provide different fire scenarios to those already existing.

To learn more see the design and access statement accompanying the planning application.

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