The Training Bureau is located at the Merced County Fire Castle Training Facility in Atwater, CA. The facility is shared with the Merced County Fire Fleet Program. The facility is equipped with classrooms and grounds for the development of a Regional Training Facility for practicing firefighting and rescue evolutions from basic to advanced level training. Merced County Training possesses two Fire Captain Positions. Both positions collaborate the day to day administration and training for 79 professional fire fighters and 194 PCF’s.
The facility will consist of a training tower, confined space rescue facility, vehicle fire simulation prop, a smoke ventilation prop, live fire building, a search & rescue maze and a 15,000-gallon water tank to allow the testing of fire apparatus pumps in-house. This site will allow career and paid call firefighters to train in a variety of scenarios and skill sets that will help improve efficiency and ability.