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Tactical Training Systems offers our customers significant benefits. In addition to marketing and selling our tactical training systems, we design and manufacture them too. As the industry leader in steel training systems, we provide uncompromised quality and versatility in product and design. Our staff of professionals will assist your organization with concepts and designs that incorporate all aspects fundamental to your needs while maintaining safety.

We approach every project as an individual design to incorporate features, options, and layouts that are specifically matched to your training needs. It is our responsibility to propose the design that best fits your needs and then tailor it to include the training capabilities and safety features you demand. No matter how large or small your project, we will design and manufacture it exactly as you request.

While we have experience designing hundreds of training facilities with individualized features, we continue to develop new features and designs to meet our customers’ unique training needs.


The Design
While each of our training facilities is individually designed, there are two common elements found in all of our structures: quality materials and uncompromised design. We provide a blend of realism and safety that gives you the ability to train in real world scenarios while maintaining a margin of safety necessary to your program.

Our structures are designed to withstand windloads and seismic conditions. Regardless of where you are located, every component of your structure will be designed to withstand the extremes of a training environment.

Every floor, attic, and roof deck is designed to withstand a 100-pound per square foot (PSF) live load. Our 100 PSF deck has an allowable live load of 100 PSF in addition to all dead loads, including concrete floors. This means that during training, safety officers can be assured the training is being performed as it should be, without the added concern of overloading a working deck with trainees or training aids.


Each component of our training systems is designed to perform a particular function. You can safely rappel, search, and walk anywhere—not limited to specific areas. We always design the proper component for a specific function rather than compromise by providing an existing part that isn’t the best for the task. Some examples of this are:

Primary Structural Frame
The skeleton of our training structures is made from hot-rolled structural steel and wide flange beams. Each beam and column is designed to withstand the vertical and lateral loads to which it is exposed. Connection plates, angles, and stiffeners are all shop welded in perfect alignment so the frame can be erected in the field using bolted connections. Bolts range from 5/8" to 1" in diameter, thus avoiding welding in the field.

While member sizes vary with building sizes, beam webs normally run approximately 5/16" thick with flanges running approximately 7/16" thick. End plates range from 1½” to 2" thick solid steel plate. This provides the basic “rock solid” structure that will support the rest of the building.

Secondary Structural Framing
Framing for the walls, floors, and roof are constructed with hot dipped galvanized “Cees” designed to support the loads they are exposed to. The capacity of a system is developed by the combination of the member size, thickness, loading, spacing, and span. The physical size, steel thickness, and spacing are varied to produce the appropriate stud or joist (member) for each application. The condition of every building project is examined to ensure that size, strength, and fit are perfect.


Our gable roofs are 100% steel framed (non-combustible) like the rest of the structure. The structural system spans across the entire building width leaving an open attic deck that is rated at a full 100 PSF. If a shingled roof surface is desired to resemble a standard residential roof, it can be applied directly to the steel framing, still providing you the safety of steel and the open attic deck area.

Floor Panels
The floor panel system is developed specifically for our training systems. It provides a combination of the flattest possible profile, recessed fasteners, and maximum strength (a full 100 PSF). Since commercially-available metal decks have large recesses, we manufactured our own floor panel to prevent potential injuries. The recess of our floor panel is minimized to prevent tripping and exposure to kneeling on an edge.

Since all of the screw heads are located below the plane of the panel, there is no possibility of tripping or kneeling on them. Constructed of 18-gauge galvanealed steel, our floor panel provides a strong, slip-resistant surface. Concrete fill can be added to any of our floor decks if desired, however; it is not a requirement of our system.

Wall Panels
Since the wall panels will endure similar loads as the floor panels, we have designed our wall panel to withstand rappelling, laddering, and climbing. Therefore, our wall panels are designed with the same loading requirements as our floor systems.

The formed angles of the wall panels are adjusted to provide a weather tight joint in the vertical wall. Wall panels are also provided with a two-coat, baked-on paint system on both sides of the panels. Wall panels are horizontally lapped providing a similar exterior appearance to residential siding.


Roof Panels
The roof panels used on TTS training systems are roll-formed and are 30" to 36" wide. The panel’s deep channels provide a means of directing water, snow, and ice off the roof. These panels are manufactured from 18-gauge, hot-dipped galvanized steel. Standard caulked side laps and contoured closures fit the panel ends to produce a weather tight roof that is durable and safe. These components, coupled with our standard parapet tower wall design, provide an attractive, efficient system.


Stairs
The stair systems in the training systems are made from heavy gauge steel stringers and bar grate treads. The tread and stringer assembly is factory welded and shipped as one unit. This assembly is standard and eliminates bolted connections between stringers and treads that can create an uneven installation. In addition, the landings are constructed of bar grate and installed flush with the floor panels.

All stair and railing components are delivered to the job site with a baked-on primer finish.

Doors and Window Shutters
All doors and shutters are constructed of 18-gauge galvanized steel with an additional 18-gauge steel skin on the opposite side. Internally, they contain welded steel hat channel reinforcements and 14-gauge steel hinge reinforcement bars.

A specialized slide bolt lock is provided on all shutters and doors which can be used to lock the tower when not in use, or be positively secured in the unlocked position to ensure there is no possibility of accidental latching or locking during a training exercise.

Each door is also equipped with a spring closing device that gently holds the door in the closed position during training to keep the area dark, but can be easily pushed open. These doors and shutters also come with “hold open” clips that are used any time more ventilation or natural light is needed.

The Features
The basic design concept for Tactical Training Systems training systems was developed to provide the greatest degree of flexibility possible. We understand that each training facility must include features that apply to the individual style of training that is to be accomplished. Our towers can be designed to meet all training needs without compromise. We have a large library of features we have designed for other departments and units. There are no limitations! If you can imagine it, our engineers and designers can make it happen. This flexibility, coupled with the economies of operating with our own engineers, results in the perfect training solution at the best price.

Basic system features such as the flat wall panel design, parapet wall design with hidden drainage system, or clear-span gable roofs, can be expanded to include more individualized features such as:


Elevator Shaft

Open Story

Corner Balcony

Regardless of the final design, be assured that your TTS training system will be designed to include all the safety features and quality materials that we are known for providing. Your facility will be an attractive addition to any location and you can take pride in knowing that it was designed to meet your specific needs of your department.

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