Disaster City®

Emergency responders climb into the mangled steel and glass that was once a bustling passenger train. Behind the wreckage, another search and rescue team uses canines to sift through a building’s rubble left from a terrorist attack or natural disaster – hoping to find survivors. Families who were moments ago shopping in strip malls are now trapped beneath several tons of steel beams and debris, with friends nearby struggling to survive inside a collapsed movie theater.

Welcome to Disaster City, a place where tragedy and training meet – a place where anything is possible.

Located in College Station, Texas, this 52-acre training facility is situated adjacent to the TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field and delivers the full array of skills and techniques needed by today’s emergency response professionals.

The mock community features full-scale, collapsible structures designed to simulate various levels of disaster and wreckage which can be customized for the specific training needs of any group.

Emergency responders from across the globe venture to Disaster City for search and rescue training
and exercises.

Arial view of Disaster City


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Driving directions


Volunteer to assist with training and large-scale exercises in Disaster City®. The very difficult task of training for a large-scale disaster or terrorist attack requires that emergency responders are exposed to the chaos and disorganization of a disaster scene. Our volunteers help create that chaos and realism. They make training and exercises in Disaster City® the most realistic in the world.

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Registration is only available on as needed basis so there is not always a schedule available. If you would like to know when volunteer opportunities become available subscribe to the Volunteer Newsletter

Full-scale exercises

Canine exercises