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Since 1995, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport's Fire Training Research Center (FTRC) has provided groundbreaking Aircraft Rescue Firefighting and structural training services in an innovative learning environment.

Through a combination of research-oriented, multi-lingual curriculum, immersive digital activities, and practical applications, students acquire techniques and knowledge in a state-of-the-art training facility. The FTRC serves a diverse domestic and international customer base with students from both private and governmental agencies. To date, more than 20,000 students from 37 countries and 42 US states have trained with us.

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Our classroom is not only the most advanced firefighting education facility in the world, it is one of the most advanced classrooms of any type, anywhere. Instructors lead students through immersive activities, digital simulations, and interactive quizzes accessed via touch-screen displays at each students' seat.



Our training simulators, including the nation's first Fuel Spill Burn Area with Airbus A380 mockup, are among the most advanced facilities available. These trainers, in combination with our innovative curriculum, will help prepare your team for any incident.

A-380 Multi-purpose Trainer Narrow Body Specialized Aircraft Trainer Hydrocarbon pit
Cargo Aircraft Trainer Narrow Body Trainer Structural Fire Trainer & Training Tower

A-380 Multi-purpose Trainer

A-380 Multi-purpose Trainer

This trainer is currently the only A-380 mock up in the United States, providing students a one-of-a-kind, realistic experience necessary to prepare for a real aircraft incident. The trainer offers multiple perspectives challenging everyone from the first responding ARFF firefighters to incident command staff.

Trainer includes:

  • A-380 mock-up with correct height and access dimensions
  • Multiple access points
  • 9 internal fireplaces with multiple flashovers
  • 3 levels of internal firefighting
  • 2 engines, APU and wheel/brake fires
  • Cargo firefighting level skin penetration points
  • Complete access drive on surface

Narrow Body Specialized Aircraft Trainer

Narrow Body Specialized Aircraft Trainer

This is a full-scale aircraft trainer designed to deliver procedure and technique training required for aircraft fire extinguishment and search and rescue operations. Training scenarios can be created as a single project or a combination of training under extreme smoke and heat conditions.

Trainer includes:

  • Cabin fire with flashover capability
  • Flight deck fire
  • Simulated flight deck controls
  • Galley electrical fire
  • Lavatory fire
  • 2 engine fires
  • Wheel fire
  • Multiple entry points

Hydrocarbon pit

Hydrocarbon pit

Features a 5,000 sq. ft. fuel spill burn area that utilizes environmentally compliant hydrocarbon fuel. By training with hydrocarbon fuel, firefighters receive real time flame spread, flame reaction and heat associated with that of jet fuel. The 5,000 sq. ft. pit is designed for handling firefighting and will feature two 3-D running fuel fire trainers.


Cargo Aircraft Trainer

Cargo Aircraft Trainer

This trainer is an actual Boeing 727 cargo aircraft. Students are provided with unique challenges allowing hands-on training to access and open narrow body aircraft cargo doors. The trainer also enables the student to develop aircraft skin penetration techniques and agent application.


Narrow Body Trainer

Narrow Body Trainer

This provides firefighters an opportunity to gain access to an actual narrow body commercial aircraft and perform search and rescue operations. Firefighters can practice a variety of skills including entry, aircraft shutdown procedures, ventilation, and adapting structural tools and equipment to aircraft emergencies.


Structural Fire Trainer & Training Tower

Structural Fire Trainer & Training Tower

The training tower is six stories and is equipped with five separate trainers, designed to incorporate the firefighting requirements of a high-rise operation. The tower is also equipped with two sprinkler training systems and standpipes in the stairwell.

Trainer includes:

  • Warehouse fire with flashover capability, loading dock entry, and sub-surface simulation
  • Kitchen fire
  • Electrical panel fire
  • Search and rescue maze
  • Hotel room fire with flashover capability

FTRC Instructors are nationally recognized educators, each averaging more than 15 years of hands-on experience. Each member of our staff maintains both ARFF and Structural State mandated certifications, as well as State Instructor certifications. These qualifications are vital to ensure that students receive the highest quality education from industry leading curriculum.

  • Brian McKinney, Fire Chief
  • Mike Foster, Assistant Fire Chief
  • Randal Rhodes, Battalion Chief
  • Richard Reynolds, Captain
  • James Bradshaw, Captain
  • Stanley Jones, Captain
  • Mark Sikes, Captain
  • Eric Johansen, Captain
  • Dave Magee, Captain
  • Charles Knowles, Firefighter
  • Ray Werner, Firefighter
  • Jenn Vegors, Firefighter
  • Delmar Langan, Firefighter
  • Gus Thurman, Firefighter
  • Jake Evens, Firefighter
  • Jason Basaldua, Firefighter
  • Allen Praytor, Firefighter
  • Brian Poulston, Firefighter
  • Chris Simmel, Firefighter
  • Dan Maurer, Firefighter
  • Darcy Tisue, Firefighter
  • Jeff Jarecke, Firefighter
  • Jeff Williams, Firefighter
  • John Barzyk, Firefighter
  • Lewis Warren, Firefighter
  • Mark Gray, Firefighter
  • Paul DeVaul, Firefighter
  • Bill Piganelli, Firefighter

Brian McKinney

Brian McKinney

In 1987 Brian joined the Dallas Fort Worth Airport Department of Public Safety as a Public Safety Recruit. He served for three years in various Police and Fire Service Divisions becoming a HazMat Technician and a member of the Hazardous Materials Team. In 1990 Brian served as a Fire Captain in the Fire Rescue Division. In 1992 he was selected for promotion to Battalion Chief and served as the Hazardous Materials Coordinator and Shift Training Coordinator for the Fire Rescue Division.

In 1999 Brian was promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations over the Fire Rescue Division. He also served as the Assistant Chief of Training over the Career Development Division and assumed responsibility for all Fire Training (internal and external) and Public Safety Applicant processing at DFW Airport.

In 2007, Brian was promoted to Fire Chief of DFW International Airport. His duties include assisting in the overall planning, directing and coordinating of Airport public safety functions; leading the fire service emergency response programs; providing professional development of fire service personnel; managing an International Fire Training Research Center facility; providing customer safety programs and participating in emergency and disaster planning. Under Brian’s leadership, DFW Airport Fire Service continues to set the standard of safety and training excellence that the world has come to expect as he represents the Airport in numerous local, state, national, and international organizations and associations.


Mike Foster

Mike Foster

Mike Foster has worked at DFW International Airport Department of Public Safety for over 20 years. He currently holds the rank of Assistant Fire Chief in charge of the Career Development Division.


Randal Rhodes

Randal Rhodes

Battalion Chief Randal Rhodes is the training Chief for the Fire Training Research Center. He has 18 years of service with DFW Department of Public Safety with a background in training of police, fire, and EMS personnel. He is a licensed paramedic, aeronautical flight paramedic, master peace officer, field examiner, and fire service instructor II. Randal brings nearly 20 years of Air Force flight training to the Research Center curriculum and holds a bachelor's degree in biology - biological research.


Rick Reynolds

Rick Reynolds

Rick has been an employee of the DFW International Airport Department of Public Safety since June of 1981, and currently holds the rank of Captain. He oversees the maintenance and operation of the Fire Training Research Center and all associated and support equipment and has been in that position since late 1992. Prior to that, he was assigned to the Fire Rescue Division as a Station Officer. He current holds Texas State certifications for Master Firefighter, Fire Officer I and Fire Service Instructor II.

His education includes Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Fire Protection Technology and Aviation Maintenance Technology from Tarrant County College and is a FAA certified Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic.

Military service included 5 years active duty and 28 years reserve duty in the USAF, on B-52 and KC-135 aircraft.


James Bradshaw

James Bradshaw

Captain Jim Bradshaw is the Lead Instructor /Supervisor at the DFW International Airport Department of Public Safety Fire Training Research Center. He has 15 years of public safety service. His experience includes over 5 years as a Paris, Texas firefighter and 10 years of service with the DFW Airport Department of Public Safety as an ARFF firefighter, police officer, and emergency medical technician. He is certified as a Fire Instructor II, and delivers classroom and live fire training to firefighters from all over the world.


Stanley Jones

Stanley Jones

Captain Stanley M. Jones, has been a member of the DFW International Airport Department of Public Safety for over 25 years, and was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2000.

Captain Jones is currently assigned to the A-shift of the Career Development Division at DFW International Airport Department of Public Safety with the responsibilities of running his station and overseeing all aspects of the firefighting and rescue training conducted at the Fire Training Research Center. Captain Jones is also member of the DFW Fire Honor Guard.


Mark Sikes

Mark Sikes

Mark Sikes is a Shift Captain at the DFW International Airport Department of Public Safety Fire Training Research Center. He has 15 years of public safety service. His experience includes time in Police Services and in the Fire Rescue Division with the DFW International Airport Department of Public Safety. He is a former Field Training Officer and is certified as a Fire Instructor II.


Eric Johansen

Eric Johansen

24 years of dedicated service DFW International Airport Department of Public Safety, currently serving as a station officer in the Career Development Division. Has served as a lead Instructor at the FTRC for over 5 years prior to going back to shift work.


David Magee

David Magee

Dave has been employed with DFW Airport since September 11, 2001. He brings 28 years of firefighting and Emergency Medical Service experience to the Fire Training Research Center. Dave holds State of Texas certifications as Master Firefighter, Master Aircraft Rescue Firefighter (ARFF), and Fire Instructor III-Master. Dave is also a State of Texas Licensed Paramedic. Prior to his employment with DFW Airport Dave acquired experience in numerous disciplines including, but not limited to: High Angle Rescue, Hazardous Materials and Wildland Firefighting. He also served for seven years as an ARFF member in the United States Air Force. He holds numerous other certificates from multiple agencies including the National Fire Academy, the Center for Domestic Preparedness, the National Search and Rescue School, and the Emergency Management Institute. His earned a Bachelor of Technology degree in Emergency Responder Administration from Oklahoma State University and an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection from Pike's Peak College.


Charles Knowles

Charles Knowles

Charles Knowles is a firefighter assigned to the Career Development Division of DFW International Airport Department of Public Safety. Firefighter Knowles is an Instructor for Basic and Advanced ARFF as well as developing curriculum for internal and external customers. He has 17 years of public safety service as a firefighter, police/tactical officer, and emergency medical technician. Chuck has taught firefighters from the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Beijing, and Canada. He has also taught numerous firefighters from around the United States. Chuck is passionate when it comes to instructing all things ARFF and brings with him a professional attitude. He believes that instructing ARFF is more than just developing sound tactics; it is about developing relationships in the ARFF community.


Ray Werner

Ray Werner

Ray Werner is a firefighter assigned to the Career Development Division of DFW International Airport Department of Public Safety. Ray is an Instructor for Basic and Advanced ARFF as well as a curriculum developer for internal and external customers. He has 32 years of service as a firefighter, and emergency medical technician; 20 years of service as a firefighter in the U.S. Air force, 4 years as an “on-call” volunteer, with small rural departments in the state of Kansas, and 8 years at DFW Airport. Ray has served as a firefighter in 7 different countries, and 10 different states, and was an instructor at the Department of Defense, Fire Academy for 5 years. Ray has taught firefighters from all four branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, Germany, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Beijing, Canada, and from all over the United States. Ray was awarded his Associates Degree of Applied Science in “Instruction of Technology and Military Science” from the Community College of the Air Force, in 1997. Because of his extensive Air Force training, Ray is the training center's go-to-guy for information on aircraft firefighting.


Jenn Vegors

Jenn Vegors


Delmar Langan

Delmar Langan


Gus Thurman

Gus Thurman


Jake Evens

Jake Evens


Jason Basaldua

Jason Basaldua


Allen Praytor

Allen Praytor


Brian Poulston

Brian Poulston


Chris Simmel

Chris Simmel,


Dan Maurer

Dan Maurer


Darcy Tisue

Darcy Tisue


Jeff Jarecke

Jeff Jarecke


Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams


John Barzyk

John Barzyk


Lewis Warren

Lewis Warren


Mark Gray

Mark Gray


Paul DeVaul

Paul DeVaul


Bill Piganelli

Bill Piganelli

The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s Fire Training Research Center (FTRC) provides agencies with Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) and Structural training services in an environment unique to any other training center in the world. Since 1995, the FTRC has served a global fire fighter customer base as host to a variety of course offerings such as aircraft and structural fire suppression, incident management, ARFF emergency vehicle operations, and vehicle mass application.

In 2013, The DFW FTRC completed a modernization and reopened for business. The main highlights of this renovation: Our environmentally compliant 3-dimensional, hydrocarbon pit is designed for hand-line operations with both foam and dry chemical applications. Enhancements include an A380 mock-up with 9 internal fireplaces, designed for passenger and cargo training, and four external fireplaces. The jewel of the FTRC is the new state-of-the-art classroom that has a capacity of 120 students. Students are now eligible to obtain college credit hours through Embry Riddle Aeronautical University for course work completed at the FTRC.

Through a combination of innovative, multi-lingual curriculum and practical applications, students acquire cutting-edge techniques and knowledge in a state-of-the-art training facility.

At the FTRC, we've spent years building the world's premier firefighting education center from the ground up. If you have questions about what we've done, or suggestions for how we could do it better, we invite you to contact us.

If you need help determining which courses are appropriate for your staff - or if you want to discuss opportunities for custom curriculum - our training professionals are available to assist you.

Phone
972 973 8453
972 973 3571

Email

Mailing Address
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Fire Training Research Center
PO Box 610687
DFW Airport, TX 75261

Physical Address
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Fire Training Research Center
1530 W 27th Street
DFW Airport, TX 75261