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375 Printers Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Phone: 719-385-5950
Hours: Headquarters 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Division of the Fire Marshal 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

City of Colorado Springs / Fire / Who We Are / Training Unit / CSFD Wants Your Buildings

The Colorado Springs Fire Department Is Looking For A Few "Bad" Buildings!

The Colorado Springs Fire Department is asking property owners who may have a structure that is abandoned and/or ready to be demolished to allow firefighters to conduct training in it.

There are three types of training:
  • Non-destructive (used for search and rescue training)
  • Destructive (used for breaching walls, cutting holes in roofs, knocking out windows, etc.)
  • Burn (used for fire suppression activities)
The CSFD needs abandoned/vacant buildings for these different types of training. If a property owner has a vacant structure that s/he would like to donate for use by the fire department, but doesn't want the building destroyed, s/he can request it be used for NON-DESTRUCTIVE training.

If a property owner has a vacant structure that is scheduled for demolition, the fire department would be grateful to use it for DESTRUCTIVE or BURN training.

The best structures for firefighter training are ones that are not good for the owners - having low appeal for potential tenants. Buildings that are most sought after are: (ABANDONED/VACANT)
  • Single family residences
  • Multi-family residences
  • One or two-story apartment buildings
  • Schools
  • Strip shopping centers Large "Big Box" facilities (i.e. grocery stores, hardware stores, commercial-type buildings, etc.)
Some of the criteria for the properties include having had a completed asbestos survey, proof of NO insurance. The owner must also be willing to sign a Release of Liability. More information is available from the CSFD Training Unit.

Anyone wishing to help the CSFD with the use of their structure should call the CSFD Training Unit: