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Conceptualized & Designed

Conceptualized & Designed

after real world disasters such as the World Trade Center in New York City & the Pyne Gould building in Christchurch, New Zealand.

836,000

sq ft of dynamic collapsed structures

Two City Blocks

Two City Blocks

The main attractions to the technical rescue component of Guardian Centers are two city blocks of dynamic collapsed structures. Each of these city blocks houses a realistic multi-story collapsed structure with dynamic flooring systems which can be lowered, raised, or flattened to represent different stages of collapse. While one structure is primarily concrete collapse, the other is primarily steel collapse, each of which can house tons of rubble and debris to create a true “live pile.”
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3,000

ft of tunnels under collapsed structures

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Armored Tunnel Systems

Armored Tunnel Systems

Within each collapsed structure, breaching and breaking can be conducted on any rubble; however, sacrifice panels have been strategically placed throughout the city-block sized buildings to be breached, creating pathways and access points to trapped victims and void spaces. In addition to this are armored tunnel systems that run under the rubble and spread out across each city block of collapse.

Trapped Role Players

While Guardian Centers has a multitude of rescue mannequins to be placed in and around rubble, the armored tunnels are specifically designed to host live role players acting as trapped victims. Spread throughout the tunnel systems are rescue pods capped with concrete sacrifice panels which can be breached and entered to pull live victims out from under the debris. This trapped role player system creates a significant tool for training responders in that they can truly test their equipment and assets such as listening devices, canine, or on-scene medical treatment.

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

CNN

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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