The Boone County Fire District is presently developing a 40-acre tract of ground located north of Columbia in the Prathersville area into a training facility for the Boone County Fire Protection District and Missouri Task Force 1. Through a cooperative agreement with the Boone County Commission, the Fire District will be developing this ground immediately north of the National Guard Armory on the west side of US Hwy 63. A five story burn facility will be constructed in the summer of 2001 with a classroom facility to be constructed at a later date. Additionally, the Urban Search and Rescue Task Force will develop several training props on the site that will simulate collapses of heavy steel and reinforced concrete construction. Long-term development plans for the 40 acres include a hazardous materials training area, an emergency driving course, additional technical rescue props, rural water supply training areas and various fire suppression tactical simulators.
The Boone County Sheriffs Department, FBI, Missouri National Guard, Missouri Fire and Rescue Institute at UMC, other Federal Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces and other local fire departments will also use this complex, through cooperative agreements.