Live Fire Training Burns

Burn to Learn
Burn to Learn

Although we have training facilities to practice at, nothing beats a real building to train in.  Medford Fire-Rescue needs abandoned buildings to continually develop our personnel. We can utilize your structure for two types of training:


If your structure doesn’t meet the requirements for burning, or time is a factor then we can still benefit from the building. We utilize these structures for breaching walls, cutting holes in roofs, knocking out windows, and other tasks and tactics that do not involve burning the structure. For example, we can fill the structure with training smoke and conduct search & rescue drills.

Live Fire:

If your structure meets the requirements for burning, we can utilize the building as a training burn. Training burns provide the best training possible to prepare us for the time when we will be protecting your life and your home from real fire. A Training Burn is a controlled exercise that allows firefighters to practice tactics and strategies under controlled conditions. It provides true to life experience dealing with “live fire.” Training that can be accomplished in a Burn-to-Learn include hose stream application, observing fire behavior in flameover and flashover conditions, practice using our Thermal Imaging Cameras, ventilation operations, first alarm fire attack simulations, and can provide an opportunity for staff to practice command skills such as firefighter accountability, directing resources and personnel, and incident support functions.

We are regulated by several different agencies as to what we can burn and not all structures will be acceptable for use by the Training Division. Buildings that can not be burned are: mobile homes, buildings that are falling down, buildings that are near major roadways and buildings within close proximity to other structures.

Buildings that offer great training value for us are single family residences, multi-family residences, one or two story apartment buildings, schools, and large “big box” facilities (grocery stores, hardware stores, commercial-type buildings).

If you own a structure that you need to eliminate from your property, and would like to inquire about donating it for either a burn-to-learn or just to allow us to train in the building before you demolish it please call Training Chief Tom McGowan at 541-774-2300.

Additional Department Information

Training Department Contacts

Medford Fire-Rescue Training Division
200 South Ivy Street, Room #180
Medford , OR 97501
Phone: (541) 774-2300
Fax: (541) 774-2514
Contact: Battalion Chief Tom McGowan
Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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