“Strength, Determination, Compassion
” is a monumental
public art project designed and sculpted by Artist Tyson Snow. This
commissioned work of art is not a memorial, but rather a tribute and
celebration of firefighting at one of the countries most prominent fire
training facilities. Sited at the entry of the campus, the artwork captures, in
a clear and timeless fashion, the essence of what it means to be a firefighter.
Such “essence” involves teamwork, energy, coordination, strength, and
quick-thinking in dangerous situations threatening destruction of life and
property. The first side of this double sided monument depicts a typical fire
fighting training exercise; pulling a hose from the truck. On the other side,
the scene is a more sobering one. A young girl has been pulled to safety with Emergency
Medical Technician officers attending to her while her
concerned family looks on. This side is made to turn your thoughts to academy
students who will eventually put their training to use in real service of the
The terrazzo floor at the entrance to the new Fire Training Academy Dispatch center was designed by artist, Tyson Snow. The Artists was directed by the Fire Department to create a terrazzo floor as though it were a beautiful abstract painting and not directly related to firefighting.
Tyson worked with the fire fighters to design a floor that would have a calming effect on individuals who entered the building. Tyson understood that the people who work in and visit the building have jobs that can cause high levels of stress. With that in mind, the artist developed “River Bed".