The South Carolina Fire Academy’s facility is the most comprehensive state fire training facility in the U.S. It is on 208 acres just off Monticello Road (S.C. 215), four miles north of Exit 68 off Interstate 20. (See the map on page 2.) The campus has a dormitory facility for 116 people and a cafeteria. There is an auditorium and five classrooms. The facility is one of a select few to feature state-of-the-art, computerized, propane-fueled props. These give the Fire Academy’s live fire training programs consistency, while increasing the level of student safety. The Fire Academy also features some traditional props that allow for a variety of training scenarios. These props include:
- A 2½-story, computer-operated, propane-fueled burn building with multiple burn areas and a flashover simulator, which can represent residential, commercial and industrial facility configurations.
- A 1½-story class-A burn building with multiple burn areas.
- A 5-story drill tower with different configurations on each floor, a search and rescue maze, sprinkler and standpipe props, and interior shafts for elevator and rope rescue training.
- Several large- and small- scale flammable liquid burn props, with rail cars and a chemical cracking tower for foam and extinguisher training.
- Several LP Gas props for hand-line training.
- Three multiple-configuration confined space rescue props.
- Two replica 737 aircraft crash/rescue simulators.
- Hazardous materials spill and leak props including several tank trucks and rail cars with live agent training.
Cafeteria and Dormitory
The cafeteria is normally open weekdays for breakfast and lunch based on course demand. Depending on the course, breakfast and lunch meals and lodging may be included in the registration fee. The cafeteria does not serve dinner. The evening meal is the responsibility of the student.
Dormitory accommodations are available on the Fire Academy grounds on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms are semiprivate with two students assigned to each room. All rooms have bathroom facilities, television and an alarm clock radio. Bed linens and bath towels are also provided. In addition, a weight training room and pool table are available for student use. The dormitory has a central smoke detection and fire alarm system and is fully sprinklered. Single occupancy rooms may be offered on a space-available basis for an additional fee.
Additional lodging accommodations may be available on a first-come, first-served basis for early arrivals. Students may request additional accommodation nights on the registration form.
All students staying in the dormitory must check-in at the office located on the first floor of the dorm building, room 113. Students may check into the dorm between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Students arriving after business hours will check in with the site security personnel. Only students enrolled for training may stay in the dormitory. A site security officer is responsible for the safety, conduct and security of dorm occupants and will be available to assist students in these areas during non-training hours.
All dorm residents must comply with the following rules and policies, or they may be discharged from the dorm and forfeit their dormitory privileges:
- Use of tobacco products is prohibited in dorm rooms and inside all state buildings and vehicles. Smoking is allowed outside in designated areas. Students smoking in dorm rooms will be charged a $50 cleaning fee and will not receive course credit until the fee is paid.
- No alcoholic beverages are allowed on-site.
- All dormitory rooms will be subject to inspection and/or search if violations of rules are suspected. Checking into the dorm will be construed as implied consent to all investigations and searches. These investigations and searches will be conducted by proper authorities.
- Dormitory furnishings are the property of the state of South Carolina. Rooms are inspected prior to student arrival and upon student departure. Any damaged or missing property will be charged to the student(s) responsible and/or the organization(s) the student represents.
- All dorm residents must conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner at all times, taking care that their activities do not interfere with the study or sleep of other residents, especially after 10 p.m.
- All students will share in keeping their rooms, the buildings and the campus neat and tidy, as directed. Personal items will be neatly stored daily. Checkout is by 8:30 a.m. the last day of class, and room keys must be deposited in the key drop box located at the check-in office at that time. A lost key will require payment of a $20 fee. Failure to return the room key before class or using the room after the designated checkout time may result in additional room charges. Shower facilities are available in the student processing building for use after classes.
- The dormitory is closed during class hours, with the exception of lunch time. If students need to return to their room during class hours, permission must be granted by the course instructor.
- Except in the case of married students, no room will be shared by male and female students. Married students should contact the dorm coordinator to make special room arrangements.