Drill tower

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Drill tower at Portchester fire station

A drill tower is a tower and training facility for firefighters. It is usually built within a fire station facility for routine exercises and training.[1]


A drill tower is a multi-level structure simulating high-rise buildings. Heights vary by location. Usually, its height is higher than fire engine ladders can reach.[citation needed] Levels are accessible from a stairway inside the tower, similar to buildings in urban areas.[citation needed] Drill towers usually contain windows for practising fire fighting and other rescue exercises.[citation needed]


Towers can help firefighters deal with real-life situations, including running upstairs with heavy equipment, using rope and safety nets, and operating a fire engine in a confined space.

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  1. ^ Pickard, Quentin (2005). The architects' handbook. Wiley-Blackwell. p. 9. ISBN 1-4051-3505-0.