West Metro Fire Rescue

From Rendering to Reality

West Metro Fire Rescue Training Center

Lakewood, CO

West Metro Fire Rescue provides fire and rescue services to 265,000
people and employs over 340 full-time fire fighters.

Prior to building this wall, West Metro Fire Rescue conducted offsite rescue training for its fire fighters. The onsite climbing wall has allowed West Metro Fire to significantly reduce training costs, while also providing a recreational climbing opportunity for its firefighters.

The 58 foot outdoor climbing wall includes a climbable crack and rappelling ledge. Made from custom hand sculpted SHOTRock, the wall provides training opportunities for advanced climbing techniques, as well as gurney hoisting and lowering. Firefighters also are exposed to rescue pick training—rescuing a climber in distress.

This unique climbing wall was featured on the cover of Athletic Business magazine (January 2011 issue).


Product Used: SHOTRock
SHOTRock was the ideal option to meet the needs of West Metro Fire Rescue. Hand sculpted and fully customizable, SHOTRock provides aximum flexibility in design and is ideal for outdoor applications. This system allowed for a low profile, which offering the beauty and realism of natural rock.

For the West Metro Fire Rescue wall, our SHOTRock was sculpted and painted to mimic the granite rock found in the Flatirons outside Boulder—ideal for training fire fighters for outdoor rescue in the area.