Training Center Information
The training center is located on the Gargoyle Road in the Town of Allegany. All of the local fire companies as well as the local, county, and state police agencies use the facility for different types of training. Due to the age as well as the condition of the building, live burns are no longer conducted. There is a classroom building with a kitchen/facilities, a 4 story training tower as well as a repel point on the roof. There is also an area for vehicle extrication and a drafting pump.
Here is a timeline of when things were completed:
- 1968 – First Phase of the Training Tower completed.
- 1969 – A water supply and electricity were installed at the Training Facility.
- 1970 – The training grounds were expanded 17,000 feet and a driver training site was added.
- 1979 – State funds were secured and a 40’ x 80’ classroom building was built.
- 1983 – Five story steel fire escape was erected to the four story tower building (which was donated by a contractor who removed it from the Telephone Company building). Steel shutters were added to all the windows to replace the wooded ones, which were rotting. Drafting pits for testing pumpers (3 tanks) were installed to provide a source of water supply. These tanks were donated by Dresser Industries and with the help of the DPW, two were buried and are operable. The third is being programmed for above ground fire training evolutions.
This facility now includes a four story tower, storage building, classroom, fencing, oil fire tanks, a small building for fire extinguisher training, and extrication area, and areas earmarked for LPG, electrical and fire department pumper training.
Platoon A firefighter's Dan Gonska and Terry Gaylor train on a Hazardous Materials simulator. A State Fire Instructor from Albany, NY was down for a refresher class. Seen here, they are trying to plug off several leaks in the simulator.
Haz Mat 2Platoon B firefighter's Scott Graham and Jared Isaman train on a Hazardous Materials simulator. A State Fire Instructor from Albany, NY was down for a refresher class. Seen here, they are trying to plug off several leaks in the simulator.
Each year every City of Olean Firefighter has to complete at least 100 hours of mandatory fire service training. The Olean Fire Department also trains in other areas in the fire service such as Homeland Security, Hazardous Materials, and Technical Rescue. We also provide Code Enforcement and Fire Prevention for the City of Olean. Along with this training, we have to maintain several EMS certifications. All firefighters MUST be a minimum of EMT-Basic, however, the Olean Fire Department has 9 Basic EMT’s, 4 Intermediate EMT’s, 13 Critical Care EMT’s, and 12 Paramedics. All EMS providers must recertify every three years, which includes passing a practical skills examination and the New York State-EMT certification exam. Advanced Life Support (ALS) providers must also recertify their Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PEPP/PALS), and Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) every two years. All Fire Department members recertify their CPR training annually. Throughout the year all medics do training on new medications, trends, treatments, and concerns in pre-hospital EMS on a monthly basis.