(Sparta, WI)  —  Western Technical College has unveiled its new burn tower. A grand opening for the facility was held Wednesday. The nearly five-thousand square foot, four-story tower can be used to simulate house and apartment fires. Students training to be firefighters can also practice rappelling and search and rescue. Officials say the tower has a lifespan of 30 years. Before Western’s own burn tower, trainees would have to use burn tower’s that belong to the Fort McCoy or the La Crosse Fire Departments.