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Unmatched Realism

Guardian Centers provides the largest, most realistic campus in the world to simulate disasters from weather events to acts of terrorism. Civilian agencies can also benefit from responding in an inter-operability response so that teams from civilian emergency response teams (CERT) to full FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Teams (USAR), and everyone in between train together to rescue victims and return our 830 acre campus and cityscape back to a safe environment. Most teams train on their own capabilities, but rarely have the opportunity to come together and train as a synchronized response guided by their incident management team. We offer a wide array of simulations to incorporate into your training or exercise from a commercial downtown environment to include subway trains, highway tunnels and city-block sized collapse simulators complete with special effects to create unmatched realism.
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Meeting Every Requirement

In addition to providing your civilian team the most realistic exercise venue available, we also offer courses to improve your team or individual capability. From National Incident Command and Emergency Management courses for your command staff to hands-on instruction in all of the urban search and rescue disciplines. If you need to train on skills such as rope rescue, vehicle extrication, or any other rescue scenario, Guardian Centers can meet your training requirements.

Expansive Capabilities

  • Structural Collapse

    Structural Collapse

    City-block sized structural collapse simulators complete with special effects for smoke, fire, water and arcing power lines to provide realism to the responder. These venues allow for shoring, K9 operations, technical search using cameras and listening devices, breaching and breaking operations on replaceable panels, heavy lifting and movable slab floors to reconfigure the venue so that returning teams are faced with new rescue problems. All with the ability to incorporate live victim role players within and under the collapse.
  • Residential Flooding

    Residential Flooding

    Our flooded neighborhood provides eight single family homes that flood up to 8 feet deep in water allowing civilian teams to conduct boat operations and victim rescues on rooftops or out of attic spaces.
  • Commuter Rail

    Commuter Rail

    Our subway system provides eight metro rail cars on two parallel tracks within a 1,700 ft tunnel, including a platform station and derailment, to practice rescue in a tunnel environment with large commuter trains.
  • Metroplex


    Our 75 acre urban landscape provides a unique, realistic environment to train wide area search and evacuation operations. It also includes multiple 3 story buildings with high point anchors to practice rope high angle rescues.
  • Diverse Campus

    Diverse Campus

    The Guardian Centers campus encompasses 830 total acres including forest and farm field environments to conduct wilderness search techniques.
  • Interstate Highway

    Interstate Highway

    Our 1.1 mile four lane divided highway can be used to simulate any type of highway incident or accident with mass casualties.

Guardian Centers’ staff were incredibly pro-active. Everything from last minute search dogs to getting specific ethnic/language capable role players and everything in between was taken care of at the right place and right time every time.

Major Robert J. Casey

Combat Rescue Officer, 308th Rescue Squadron

I’ve seen a lot of sites around the world – this is the most complex site I’ve ever seen.

Chris Schaff

Fairfax County Fire Department Battalion Chief and Commander VA-TF1

The 830-acre property can recreate just about any disaster scenario imaginable…the diverse disaster scenes are really what makes this place state-of-the-art.

Nick Valencia


When my eyes first saw this, it was a wow factor. Our men and women have been around the proverbial block for many years, but this facility, these types of environments we’re finding here really puts us to work.

Louie Fernandez

FEMA Spokesman

I’ve seen other training sites around the country; nothing is as extensive or as realistic as Guardian Centers.

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Guy C. Swan

Former Commander USARNORTH

You will not see a more realistic environment than this anywhere in the world apart from a real incident.

Bob Rea

UK Firefighter (Ret.), UK Fire Service College

We really never had a venue that could allow us to integrate virtually all of that training into a single location…Guardian Centers gets that to a ‘T’.

General (Ret.) Gene Renuart

Former Commander USNORTHCOM, NORAD

This is the only [facility] that I’ve seen that has all of these venues here on one site. It’s like picking off a menu. You tell them I want this, this being this and this is how I want it done and they make it happen.

Chris Schaff

Fairfax County Fire Department Battalion Chief and Commander VA-TF1

Everything that we would see in a disaster that we would respond to, they have created here.

Keith Fontana

Paramedic IL-TF1

I think it gives them the best reality that you can find in the country.

Joe Hernandez

FL-TF2, President, Disaster Medical Solutions

Thanks for providing the dream, facility, and logistical support that resulted in the overwhelming success of exercise Scarlet Response.

Colonel Steven Redifer

Commanding Officer, USMC CBIRF

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