South Wales Fire & Rescue

Brief overview of the Project

The project was just the second of its kind in the UK. However, with compartment fire training requirements becoming a higher priority for fire services, this project and the associated technology was an example set to prove what can be achieved in terms of both training and negating environmental impact

The compartment fire behaviour training (CFBT) facility at the fire brigade’s Cardiff training and development centre is the first of its kind in Wales.

The three-storey concrete and brick clad facility, designed by Lawray Architects, will enable South Wales Fire & Rescue to deliver realistic training to operational crews in a smoke-filled environment using a range of real fire scenarios.

This will support the delivery of breathing apparatus training by improving the skills of operational firefighters through raising their awareness of the hazards involved in tackling fires in buildings.

The new training facility incorporates a specialised ventilation system with smoke capture, extract and filtration systems to achieve zero emissions into the atmosphere. Dutch specialist Haagen supported the design of the training firehouse

The Electrical Installation included:

  • Full internal and external Lighting system including automatic controls
  • Low voltage distribution system
  • Cat 6 Data cabling
  • Fire alarm
  • Lightning Protection
  • Specialist wiring system for building training control
  • Generator
  • UPS
Project Specifications
Project Name: CFBTLocation: Cardiff GateValue: £200kClient: ISG ConstructionCommencement: January 2019Completion: August 2019