Sierra College Dedicates Nevada County Campus Fire Training Tower

Sierra College, community officials and delegates participate in ribbon cutting

Sierra College dedicated its new fire training tower at the Sierra College Nevada County Campus (NCC) Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) in Grass Valley on October 12, 2021. The fire training tower will be used for live fire drills, during which students will learn to work in the dark and in confined spaces, to use breathing apparatus in thick smoke, and fight live fire. The tower will also provide training for students studying law enforcement and emergency medical services.

The fire training tower includes:

  • 3 stories plus open roof for training aloft
  • 5 windows, 3 doors
  • Class A burn room
  • Multiple tie offs/anchors for rappelling and fighter safety/survival training

"The importance of local training for the next generation of first responders has never been clearer than right now, and right here at the edge of the urban-wildland interface in Nevada County,” said Willy Duncan, Sierra College’s Superintendent/President at the dedication event.

The ceremonial ribbon was cut by a hydraulic, battery operated (Holmatro) spreader/ cutter, better known as the “Jaws of Life,” operated by Sierra College students who are training to become firefighters.

The fire training tower was made possible through the support of the local community and elected officials, several of whom participated in the dedication.

Sierra College and community delegates at ribbon cutting
NCC fire academy student cuts ribbon with jaw of life