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July 2017
Training Center Planning: A Once-in-a-Career Project

If you are PLANNING a new Police or Fire Training Center

If you are PARTNERING to build a new Regional Public Safety Training

If you are RENOVATING an existing Police or Fire Training Center

If you do not have LAND for a Police or Fire Training Center

If you do not have MONEY for a Police or Fire Training Center
If any of the above is true, read on.....

If you are planning a new training center, most likely it's your first time. And in most cases it will be your last time. A Public Safety Training Center, for police and fire departments is a once-in-a-career project. If you are an Administrative or Facilities Chief, you may have experience with planning, locating or funding a new station or stations; but a new training center, it's most likely your first time and last time.

If you have experience, for example, with new or multiple station projects you most likely have learned a great deal from the first to the second to the third and so on. A training center project is very different. Sure, there are likely to be a few similar aspects such as land issues, design issues and community involvement; but after these traditional construction project hurdles, undertaking a training center will bring many different and unique issues. Here are some examples:
  1. No two days are ever the same at a training center. Demands on staff, equipment and logistics change daily if not hourly. If your training center will serve multiple agencies or disciplines such as police, fire, or public works the issues surrounding training center scheduling will be compounded exponentially.
  2. Facility staff and maintenance issues. Who will make sure the drill ground is ready for the day's drill? That the range is clean and lead free? That the propane igniters for the live burn simulators are ready and safe? Will this be the responsibility of a sworn member or will a support person perhaps from public works maintain the equipment? to continue

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Kidde Fire Trainers brings together the proven leaders in the industry to offer the broadest range of fire training solutions to meet your training needs. With more than 30 years of live fire training knowledge, Kidde Fire Trainers has the experience that instills confidence. Count on Kidde to deliver innovative training systems, installed on time and within budget.


Public safety personnel need the best possible environment to excel at what they do. Whether RDG Planning and Design is designing for Fire, Police or EMS personnel, we listen and collaborate closely to ensure the facility fits their specific needs. From preparedness, security and community involvement to state-of-the-art training and technology, we deliver thoughtful design that maximizes your budget. RDG Planning and Design's planners, architects, and engineers' goal is to help you recruit and retain the best people with a space that's as attractive as it is functional.

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FSTI has provided training to the volunteer public safety community since 2006. It has been our mission to provide high quality training to firefighters while at the same time promoting community safety.

Fire Services Training Institute (FSTI) is a non-profit public benefit corporation with both state and federal tax exempt status.


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