Located at 7601 Steinbeck Bend Road, McLennan Community College and the City of Waco have formed a partnership and built the Emergency Services Education Center (ESEC). This 49,000 square foot facility opened in July 2009 and will house the Waco Fire Training Division along with several other agencies. Built adjacent to this state of the art facility, during Phase I of construction, is a 6-story Drill/Burn Tower.
Certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP), the Training Division provides certification in Structure Firefighting, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting, Hazardous Material Technician, and Instructor I. The Training Division is also certified to deliver all levels of National Incident Management System (NIMS) training for the department.
The Training division develops, delivers, and maintains records of in-service and continuing education for the entire department and meets the requirements set forth under the Insurance Service Office (ISO). Coordinating with outside agencies, the Training Division also delivers Texas Department of Health in-service training and continuing education along with Confined Space Technician training.
Training Chief - Paul Simmons
Chief Simmons began his career as professional firefighter on October 10, 1988. He has held multiple positions in the department prior to being promoted to Training Chief on April 8, 2011. He is currently working towards an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection and Safety Technology.
He is certified as a Fire Service Instructor III, and currently serves as the Department Safety Officer.