Celebrating 36 years of innovation

    In 1980, our founder, Bernard Padgett, was approached by a fire chief with a revolutionary request.  He asked Mr. Padgett’s general construction firm, Werner-Herbison-Padgett, to provide a metal structure for fire training purposes.

    At that time, most fire training facilities were built from reinforced concrete.

    Recognizing the rugged demands inherent to fire training, Mr. Padgett selected the strongest metal building he could find to produce a heavy-duty training simulator. He chose steel panels with compound corrugations to provide structural support, and added an ingenious secondary metal support system.

    Ever the pioneer, Mr. Padgett then began looking for a burn room lining material that would hold up when exposed to the repeated heat/cool cycles required for live fire training.

    He introduced PadgeniteTM, a calcium silicate based insulating material, and engineered an installation system to afford maximum insulating capability.

    With a rugged building, combined with a durable, life-like liner, WHP earned a solid reputation for quality, and set a new industry standard for fire training.

    For live fire training, WHP remains the sole provider of this innovative building design.

    A New Chapter

    In 1998, retired Fire Chief William Jahnke purchased WHP and relocated the company to Overland Park, Kansas.

    Bill’s 28 years of fire fighting experience coupled with over 35 years in construction management translate into a deep personal commitment to providing each and every fire service customer with the highest quality customized training building available.


    In 2002, WHP’s commitment to the fire service was recognized by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce when we were honored as one of Kansas City’s Top Ten Small Businesses of the Year.


    Our corporate goal, “To Positively Impact Fire Training in the United States and throughout the World”,  is more than a pronouncement.  It’s a commitment evidenced by our ongoing associations with:

    • International Association of Fire Chiefs
    • National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
    • National Fire Protection Association

    Today our commitment to you, the fire service professional, remains central to everything that we do. To this end, we will continue to provide you the “BEST OF THE BEST”.