Interact Business Group wrote and developed the original feasibility, funding and operational plan for the Kenai Regional ARFF Training Center. As a result of the work completed by IBG the Kenai Peninsula Borough was awarded a $15M FAA grant to design and build the first ARFF Training outside the lower forty-eight.
The Beacon Training Center (BTC) is one of 40 FAA-certified regional fire training centers throughout the United States. Located in Kenai, Alaska, it is fewer than two miles from world-class salmon fishing on the Kenai River. The BTC houses state-of-the-art training props that offer realistic fire-training scenarios while emphasizing safety as a priority. The 14,000 sq. ft. administration building includes multiple classrooms, student break area, control room and an apparatus bay that houses two aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicles and a structure pumper dedicated to training. The facility meets all the training requirements for airports of all indexes. This course provides the skills necessary to perform aircraft rescue firefighting duties. It includes airport and aircraft familiarization, communications, personal safety, protective clothing, SCBA, fire behavior, extinguishing agents, portable fire extinguishers, tools and equipment, vehicles, forcible entry ventilation, rescue, and strategy and tactics. Live burn evolutions will be performed and both written and practical skills will be evaluated. This course meets the FAR part 139 requirements.