Con Fire to use decommissioned BART car for training

Con Fire to use decommissioned BART car for training
Photo courtesy of BART

A decommissioned BART car will soon be used as a training tool for local firefighters.

The Contra Costa Fire Protection District (Con Fire) was recently selected to receive a BART car via the transit agency’s Legacy Fleet Decommissioning Project, which sought to give away some of the aging train cars to be used in settings such as museums, beer gardens, retail, Arbnb’s and more.

Con Fire said it was one of eight proposals chosen to receive a decommissioned BART car.

Awardees also include the Western Railway Museum in Suisun City, as well as the Oakland Athletics.

“The BART car will serve as a prop on our Training Division campus in Concord for the next several years where it will help to train our firefighters on how to best respond to the many BART incidents they dispatch on each year,” Con Fire said.

Special Operations Battalion Chief Dave Watson says plans are underway to install the BART car on tracks in order to replicate scenarios “that could require lifting the car to effect rescue.

The car will be used alongside a platform and extra rails to imitate rescue scenarios that might be encountered at BART stations, Watson added.