Emergency Training Center
The Rogers Fire Department’s training campus is located at 3003 West Oak Street.
It is strategically located near the center of the city to provide for comprehensive training coordination for the entire on-duty department. Originally constructed in 1997, the campus has seen two major renovations since that time, in 2010 and 2020. Renovations in 2010 included a complete reconstruction of the training center itself, additional classroom space and office construction. In 2020, additional classroom and training space was added, along with a multi-purpose and multi-story WHP burn building.
Jessie Combs Training Center
Named after retired Deputy Chief Jessie Combs, the interior of the training center building is approximately 17,000 square feet and contains classrooms, conference rooms, and staff offices. An attached apparatus bay houses Ladder 20 and Engine 20, which are available for company training and serve as reserve apparatus when needed. The center is heavily utilized by the department, community, and the local community college for training. Regional and national training classes are hosted frequently and attended by individuals from across the country. The center annually hosts regional fire academies for the metro area fire department recruits.
Kenneth Riley Burn Building and Training Tower
The primary training tower for the department is named for longtime Fire Chief Ken Riley, who died in 2021. Chief Riley was a visionary who constructed the original training center in 1997, long before other cities made such investments in Northwest Arkansas. It is fitting that the tallest and most prominent structure owned by the department is named in his honor. The five-story drill tower is equipped for confined space rescue, high-angle technical rescue, hose deployment and advancement, ground and aerial ladder evolutions, and rapid intervention training.
Training and Drill Grounds
The drill grounds provide various environments for manipulative and technical skill proficiency for an all-hazards response department. The campus includes two training towers, one of which is a five-story Class A burn building with two burn rooms, one on the first and the second floors, a standpipe, three parapets located on the second, third, and fifth stories, and high-angle technical rescue anchor points. The rest of the drill grounds contains various props and training areas for roof ventilation, collapse rescue, vehicle extrication, and natural gas-related emergencies.