News Headlines
Sat. Nov 30th 2019
Although we no longer have our training center, we are still an organization committed to the training of firefighters. We continue to conduct monthly meetings at the East Kingston FD Station # 1 on t...
Tue. Jul 23rd 2019
The annual meeting of the Board of Directors with the annual elections of officers of the Ulster Fire/Rescue Training Center Association was held after the July Director's meeting. In addition to ...
Sat. Nov 10th 2018
To Member Companies: Once again it is time for dues. One of the benefits of being a member is we offer free OSHA 8 hour refresher courses. This could save you hundreds of dollars as this is a yearly r...
Mon. Sep 10th 2018
John Stinemire, P.E., Consulting Engineer, has performed an inspection of the fire training structure (burn building) and the only fault found was a loose anchor bolt which has become detached from th...
Mon. Jun 25th 2018
Appointments . ** Secretary/Treasurer - Mary Ann Rittie - Maintain Association reports, financial records, minutes, etc. * Laws, Rules & Regulations Review - Board of Directors - Review current By...
About Our Facility

Usage of Ulster Fire / Rescue Training Center Association facilities and equipment is a privilege granted at the discretion of the Association board of directors. Failure to follow any of the Association's  rules may mean revocation of that privilege.

Drill Tower Pad

The main purpose of the drill tower is to train fire fighters in the basic evolution's using truck and ladder equipment. The training tower area is designed for ladder, hose advancement, ventilation, and search and rescue type evolution's. Use of this area is intended to instill confidence in the trainees and further their ability to work at various heights in a skilled manner. The drill tower may also be used by fire/rescue departments and by law enforcement agencies to train in other special operations skills.

The Ulster Fire / Rescue Training Center drill tower was not designed for live fire training, Absolutely no fires will be allowed in the drill tower and is strictly prohibited.

All training evolution's should be based on actual fire ground standard operating guidelines and procedures. Students should be adequately educated in the classroom prior to performing live training evolution.

Personal Protection Equipment

Students must be instructed as to the safety procedures to follow prior to any training exercise at the facility. All participants in training activities shall be provided with and wear proper protective clothing when exposed to hazardous conditions or when the potential for exposure exists.

Safety Officer

A Safety officer must be assigned at the beginning of each evolution. Safety should be the only concern of the safety officer. The Safety Officer should not be involved in instruction, used for non-participant control, or any other operation that would distract him/her from ensuring the safety of each evolution


Instructors should avoid conducting outdoor training in thunderstorms, raising ladders on days with high winds or other ice /snow conditions unless additional safety measures are taken to ensure the safety of the students.

Tower structure

There is a panel built into the roof that allows for ventilation practice. Normally this panel is covered with pressure treated lumber. The pressure treated panel is not to be cut. The board of directors will provide ordinary lumber panels which must be installed prior to ventilation exercise, the pressure treated panel must be reinstalled and other debris must be removed from the tower to an approved location. Any person working an evolution on either roof surface must practice the proper use of roof ladders. For reasons of safety, it is recommended that this type ventilation training be conducted on the roof simulator (see below).

(additional requirements)

All persons involved in any tower operation must wear gloves to protect hands from wooden or metal splinters. Eye protection must be worn during cutting operations. Life belts shall be used on all evolution's involving truck company apparatus and when using longer ground ladders. A Belay line incorporating a pulley and BC hitch should be anchored to an interior post and used as a safety line during practice evolution’s.

Fire Condition Simulator Pad


The Ulster Fire / Rescue Training Center Association, Inc. "Live Fire Training Policy " shall be followed at the facility. This policy is modeled after the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control guidelines for live burn evolution's. The guideline includes the number of instructors, safety personnel and officers required for a live burn. The policy also includes methods to be used for lighting training fires, requirements for personal protective equipment, and accountability systems to be used. Only those certified through the Ulster Fire / Rescue Training Association are permitted to operate the fire condition simulator oil fired heat generator or to ignite live fires within the structure.

Classroom & Administration Building

The Board of Directors of the Association maintains a building which contains 2 classrooms and adequate space for administration offices and storage of education supplies and materials. The building was factory built and set in place and finished by volunteers. It was placed on a foundation which was erected by SFI Greg Greer with some volunteer help. The classroom enables a comfortable setting for students and instructors to complete the education process.

Roof Simulator

A "Roof Simulator" has been constructed at ground level to provide a safe environment for conducting ventilation training. Wooden pallets are placed in the simulator and students practice with axes and saws a t a relatively safe height.


By using existing topography, a pond was constructed that provides a water supply for training purposes as well as a site for ice rescue practices and drafting drills.

It is important to remember the intended use of the training facility and building structures. Primarily it is a training center that has been established to help emergency responders develop and practice skills necessary to protect the people they serve.  Absolutely no alcoholic beverages of any type are allowed to be used on the premises.

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