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Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting Simulator

Project Description

To provide an Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) training facility within Charlotte County. Training is required once per year for fighting fires on an aircraft with props, such as an engine or brake system fire. Training on an aircraft fuselage fire requires training every three years. This new facility will provide for state-of-the-art training in lieu of a mobile facility or traveling to other counties to meet the training requirements.

Project Location

26597 Airport Road, Punta Gorda

Project Impacts

The final construction completion date and FAA Certification has been extended by 94 days due to material acquisition delays of the COR-TEN Steel required for the production of the simulator.

The actual Phase II CORTEN Aircraft Fuselage production started in October 2021, the interior components had an earlier start date.  This did not impact the cost of construction.

Latest Updates

 Please contact Todd Dunn at the Fire Department for more information. 


Phase Cost
Design $167,494,.00
Construction $8,921,382,00
Other Costs $303,734.00
Total Budget $9,392,610,00
Funding source(s): State Grant and Sales Tax funds.


Phase Estimated Start Date Forecast Completion Actual Completion
Planning and Approval 06/10/2019 04/23/2021 04/26/2021
Design Development 07/18/2019 04/26/2021 04/26/2021
Construction 12/10/2020 07/08/2022 07/08/2022
Turnover & Closeout 08/15/2022 08/29/2022 08/30/2022

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Project Phase
Project Complete

Last Updated

Project Manager
Gary Burdahl

Public Relations
Todd Dunn
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Sponsor Department
Public Safety

Design Engineer/Architect
Wilder Architecture, Inc

Construction Contractor
Wharton-Smith, Inc

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