Training Division

Our training department consists of two full-time employees, the Assistant Chief of Training and the Drill Master. Numerous 24 hour employees also assist the Training Division with ongoing training.

The facility is located at 3405 South 11th Street behind Station #5. We have a large classroom and four story training tower.

We are responsible for testing and training new recruits. The firefighter candidate testing process includes a written exam, interview and the Candidate Physical Ability Test (C.P.A.T.).

Southwest Iowa Regional Emergency Response Training Center

The Southwest Iowa Regional Emergency Response Training Center opened May 22, 2009. The centerpiece of the facility is the four story drill tower. Designed by WHP Training Towers, the building features one Class A burn room and two Class B burn rooms supplied with natural gas. The state-of-the-art Class B live fire simulation system was designed and installed by Pro-Safe Systems Fire Training Systems out of Toronto, Canada. 
Other tower features include: 
  • high output smoke generator 
  • standpipe system and fire sprinkler prop 
  • high angle rope rescue anchoring system 
  • through-the-floor openings for rescue scenarios 
  • wall and ceiling breaching panels 
  • replaceable pitched roof panels for vertical ventilation training 
The facility also features a 120,000 square feet concrete pad for driver/operator training, a confined space training platform, and numerous hazardous material props. 

The facility is available for use by any fire department, law enforcement, or other emergency response agency in Southwest Iowa. 

Use of the training facility by outside agencies is coordinated by Iowa Western Community College. 

For additional details contact the Council Bluffs Fire Department Training Division at (712) 328-4674.