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Live Burn Simulator

Columbus State Community College unveiled its new, two-story fire training lab simulator in October. The live burn demonstration included two current Columbus State students in full turnout gear with supervising instructors.


The $200,000 structure—which is made from shipping containers—has been in the planning stages for three years.  The lab will allow fire science technology students to train directly outside their classrooms. In previous years they had to drive to the Ohio Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg or to surrounding departments.


The facility can accommodate up to 20 students in various stations to experience and learn about smoke, heat stress management, pre-flashover conditions, formation of fire gases, fire control, fire behavior, ignition sources and more.