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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...
Rules & Procedures


The Ulster Fire / Rescue Training Association, Inc. has established rules, general requirements and operating principles for all agencies using the training facilities. The rules and procedures set forth in this document and other referenced standards must be complied with for the safety and protection of Instructors, students, equipment and physical property.

These rules and procedures are not intended to restrict use of the training center. They are designed to protect the interest of the training association, the Board of Directors and training facilities at all times. To protect the interests of the Training center, a "Monitor" (a Director or other approved person who is not from the using agency) will may be present at all evolution's to monitor the training session. The Monitor is empowered by the Board of Directors to terminate immediately, any training session that may endanger personnel or the facility. The Board of Directors are committed to providing assistance at all evolution's and to provide a training program for instructors and officers who will be conducting training sessions at the center.

All agencies using training center facilities must have a copy of these rules and procedures and must follow all of them. Intentional violations of any of these rules, procedures, or any generally accepted safety practices by the using agency, may result in a suspension of privileges for use of the facility. If activities are not covered in the rules "Do Not Conduct These Activities" unless approval has been granted by the session Monitor.

Any accident occurring on any part of the facility must be reported immediately to the officer in charge of the agency using the facility and to the Monitor / director (or recognized alternate). The initial verbal report shall be followed up by a full written report of the incident. Any damage to the facility, or any other unusual situation must be reported to the Director / Monitor or other approved person monitoring the session.

Use of the training center is a privilege

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 adhere to any of these rules may mean revocation of that privilege.


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. Although other activities may occasionally occur, the facility it is not intended to be a social meeting place or recreation center. Absolutely no alcoholic beverages of any type are allowed on the premises.

Property and Facility Use:

Are there training center usage fees ?

Generally, there are no charges for facility usage. However, the board of directors may establish a fee schedule for general usage of the facility or for replenishment of certain training materials. Currently there are no fees for training center use or materials.

Who may use the training center ?

The training center may be used by all Fire / Rescue departments / companies represented on the board of directors and others agencies that are approved by the voting directors. Individuals from other agencies may train with the requesting agency. Participating Individuals must have prior permission from their home agency. It is the responsibility of the requesting agency to insure that these individuals are in compliance of the safety rules outlined in this document and must be listed on the training roster.

How can I schedule use of the training center ?

Every request for the use of the training center or any of the simulators, pads or equipment must be arranged for in advance. The request may be made by telephone by contacting the training center "Site Scheduler" (currently the Association Secretary) or by using the "Contact Us" bar on the Training Center web site at The requesting agency using the center is encouraged to invite other organizations to the training session, but the "Site Scheduler" must also be notified of the additional agencies. Agencies may only use those pads that were requested and approved for usage. Notify the training center Site Scheduler as soon as possible if you can not keep your scheduled training session.

Where are the parking locations and what are the parking rules ?

All parking of students and guest cars will be in the parking lot and in other areas at the discretion of the OIC (Officer In Charge). Cars and other fire department vehicles not being used during the training exercise, may not be parked in the roadway, training areas or adjacent to training structures. From time to time construction may cause limited parking and access to some areas. It may be necessary to limit the number of emergency apparatus at the facility and to park other vehicles at the main gate on Ulster Landing road.

May non-participants be present at the training facility ?

Non-participants, guests, family members, friends and the general public are permitted to observe training exercises, but must remain in a safe predetermined area. Children shall remain in the designated area and in the immediate area of the supervising adult. It is the responsibility of the using agency to ensure the safety of these people.

What must be done when training is completed ?

It is the responsibility of the agency using the training center to see that the facility is left in good condition and any debris created at the training session must be cleaned up. Any association equipment used should be cleaned and returned to the proper storage area. In the event that association structures or equipment should become damaged or found to be defective; it shall not be used. It shall be marked and taken out of service and reported to officer in charge and the Monitor / Director. In addition, specific requirements outlined later in this document for other simulators and pads shall also be followed.

Training Center Security ?

Using agencies must ensure that all buildings, storage areas and gates are secured prior to leaving the facility.

The board thanks you for your cooperation in following these procedures.


Requirements for membership and duties of officers are found in the organizations by-laws. The intent of the associated chart is to show the organizational Chain-of-command that is presently established to conform to the demands and standards required in a well run training facility.



The purpose of this section is to list various rules and procedures to be used at each of the facilities training areas. These rules and procedures are to be adhered to at all times. However, all situations cannot be covered by these general guidelines. The Chief, ranking officer of the using agency, and the person conducting the training exercise (Lead instructor) shall be responsible at all times for the safety of all the participants and spectators.



Emergency services training and other special operations training include activities that can cause injuries. It is the using agencies responsibility to ensure that all individuals involved in training evolutions are in compliance with all "OSHA" requirements (physicals, facial hair, approved personal equipment, SCBA, personnel accountability, etc.). Adequate safety awareness, preplanning of activities and tasks must be done prior to using the center to minimize risks to participants and the training facilities. Training grounds should be thoroughly policed for cleanliness and potential hazards prior to training exercises. All training shall be conducted in a professional manner, adhering to accepted safety guidelines, before, during, and after the training exercise. (e.g.. no horseplay, water fights, etc.)


The physical and mental well-being of all participants must be considered at all phases of a training program conducted at the center. This includes rest between evolutions, rehabilitation (re-hydration) and follow-up, by trained medical personnel, of any injury that may occur . First aid kits must be available and at least one (1) NYS Certified First Responder level or higher trained EMS person standing by during all hands on training evolution's. Participants that have colds, severe headaches, or other symptoms of discomfort or illness, should not start or continue training evolutions. The Board of Directors of the Training Center maintains an AED (Automatic External Defribillator that is in a cabinet in the interior hallway near the kitchen. If the AED is removed from the cabinet, an ambulance and other local EMS is dispatched.

Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE)

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


The instructor or safety officer (or other designee) shall take roll before starting training. All agencies using the facility shall practice and use a personnel accountability system during all evolution's.

Radio and Communications

Radio procedures and communications during training is vital to assure that appropriate and adequate instructions are being transmitted and received by the student working teams. It is also important that the teams acknowledge these instructions. Effective fire ground communications must be in place during training. Radio transmissions during training sessions should be kept to a minimum (especially if using Ulster County low band fire frequencies). Departments having FCC licenses for other frequencies (e.g. High band) should use these frequencies when available.

Weather Considerations

Training schedules should be flexible to allow instructors, officers and students to adjust for weather conditions. Weather conditions, such as high winds, thunderstorms, and temperature extremes, must be carefully considered during training operations. In most cases, training evolution's should be postponed during these dangerous conditions. If training is conducted during inclement or extremely hot weather, the instructor shall schedule frequent rest periods to prevent fatigue or heat exhaustion. Cold weather presents the danger of frostbite and increased chances for slips and falls because of ice formed during evolution's involving the use of water and should be minimized

Drill Tower Pad


The training tower area is designed for ladder, hose advancement, ventilation, and search and rescue type evolutions. 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 evolutions.

Personal Protection Equipment (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 evolutions.

Weather (additional requirements)

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 these panels are 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. 

Mask Confidence and Search and Rescue Building

This pole barn is available for conduction SCBA and May Day training as well as various other training. There is a maze (partially completed at this time, although still usable) that is of modular construction that can be rearranged for various mask training scenarios and Mayday exercises. When operations in this building have been completed, lead instructor must be sure components are returned to original positions and must report any problems with the equipment or procedures immediately. 

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 and NFPA Standard #1401. 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. This policy also dictates that two (2) separate water sources be available and used. The first water source, for the attack team and the second water source for the backup team. The "Live Fire Check List" must be used for all live fires and the completed form MUST be submitted at the conclusion of the evolution.

Fire condition simulator room Simulated Live fires are limited to two (2) rooms within the structure. A single room will be used at a time. The heat generator (oil fired) is located in the window opening of the first floor in the south east corner. The second simulated fire room is located in the northwest corner of the first floor (under hood). Live Fires are not permitted anywhere else within the building at this time.

Fuels and fuel loads

No other fuels except wooden pallets and hay or straw for smoke are permitted. The board of Directors will maintain a supply of pallets and hay or straw at all times. Absolutely no combustible furniture is permitted in this building.

The heat generation unit produces heat using fuel oil. Fuel consumption rate and temperatures are controlled automatically through the units control console and monitored using thermal couples. Heat and smoke are generated under control conditions to approximately 400-425 degrees F at ceiling level and temperatures are approximately 275 degrees F at shoulder. Instructors and other persons who will be using the fire condition simulation building will be trained during the certification process in the proper use of the equipment and building. 

Simulated fire attack training

For simulated fire attack training, the same rules apply for the amount of heat load within the designated room and must be enforced. Fire fighters may drag hose and discharge water within the building.

Clean up

Clean up after each evolution or at the conclusion of the training exercise is the responsibility of the requesting agency. This is accomplished by complete extinguishment and removal of wet, unburned straw or pallets to the designated dumpster located adjacent to the fire condition simulator pad. After the training evolution is complete, ALL DEBRIS MUST BE REMOVED from the building. Complete extinguishment must be ensured.


At some point in most fire fighters’ careers, the individual will encounter a fire condition so intense that parts of their personal gear may become damaged by the heat. This is a condition that we usually try to avoid, but still may encounter because of the uncontrollable nature of most fires.

The goal of the Ulster Fire / Rescue Training Center Association, Inc. is to simulate fire conditions as realistically as possible without actually exceeding safe levels of heat that may endanger the individuals or their personal protective equipment.

This building was not designed for simulated " Flashover or Backdraft " conditions or temperatures that will "singe the ears" of an individual or heat that will melt any of their equipment. The Board of Directors or Monitors will not tolerate any attempts by anyone who tries to create these high intensity simulated fire conditions.




Burning a fire fighter to make him "feel the heat" is like shooting a soldier to make him understand war.

Chief Ronny Coleman, Fire Chief Magazine.

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