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April 2015
New Training Centers Dedicated and Planned Across the Nation   
Over the past year it seems there are monthly headlines of newly dedicated, funded or planned public safety training centers across the nation. Community Colleges continue to be a major player in the new facility trend. From Massachusetts to California community colleges are aggressively moving into public safety education.

The colleges for many years have provided fire science and law enforcement curricula, but it seems that over the past 5 to 8 years they are spending millions of dollars on brick and mortar facilities. Colleges are building all aspects of public safety training props from burn buildings with live fire simulators to driving tracks. Following are some of the announcements from the past year. IBG is pleased to have assisted with the development of strategic business plans for several.    
  • Southwestern Community College in partnership with the Macon County officials (NC) is expanding its over crowded training facilities in an expansion plan.
  •  Last fall in Parma, Ohio, Cuyahoga Community College opened an $11.4 million Public Safety Training Center for both police and fire departments on a 10-acre site.
  • Earlier this month the MERIT Training Center in Marshall, MN started construction on a public safety center that will include a 3-D driving simulator and driving track. Construction is expected to be completed by this fall.
  • In Lawrence, MA (near Lowell) the city is working to develop a police headquarters and training facility in collaboration with Northern Essex Community College.
  • The Polk State College, Winter Haven, FL will open their Center for Public Safety in January 2016. The $30 million facility will house the college programs in criminal justice, EMS, fire science and CALEA-accredited police program.
  • South Lake Tahoe Community College, CA was presented with a $5.8-million private donation to enhance multiple programs at the college including public safety  . . . click to continue  




Citizens Submit Their Questions
Q & A 

The questions below
were asked (submitted) by non public safety professionals. We found some of the questions to be interesting, funny, and some insightful. Click on the answer to read responses or add your own.  



Q:  What is it like to be the spouse of a firefighter?


Q: What's standard police procedure for approaching an armed suspect?
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Q:  How do firefighters extract water when it's below freezing?
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Q: What is the correct procedure for a lower police officer in terms of acknowledgement of a higher ranking police officer?
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Skidcar System


The SKIDCAR SYSTEMŽ is an advanced driver training solution that teaches drivers to anticipate car control problems before they occur. With SKIDCAR™, drivers experience exactly how a vehicle will behave in situations that can cause traction loss, including adverse weather, excessive speed, rapid braking or steering errors. But unlike other programs that simply teach reactionary motor skills, SKIDCAR trains drivers to think, maintain control, and avoid trouble ahead of time.


FIREBLAST  Global    


With the significant expansion of our business from the North American market to the International stage, Fireblast is now embracing our focus as Fireblast Global. This change will undoubtedly solidify our vision at Fireblast Global to be the World's leading provider of Advanced Fire Training Simulators.  As such, Fireblast Global will continue to exemplify our commitment to Integrity, Innovation, and Intellect, always keeping at the forefront, the customer's needs for the most realistic, and technically advanced training environments. Please visit our newly designed website,, for a complete listing of all products for your agency's training needs.      


Kidde Fire Trainers 


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.




FAAC Incorporated builds and delivers high-fidelity driver training simulator systems for public safety and emergency response agencies. FAAC simulators are used primarily to develop higher cognitive driving functions such as judgment, multi-tasking, and decision-making in high-risk, low-frequency situations. In addition, simulators are used for teaching SOPs, incident command, and building muscle memory for basic driving techniques. Instructors replay the student's driving exercise for critique and remediation opportunities.




IES Interactive Training is a world-leading manufacturer of advanced interactive force-option decision/response simulators and firearms training systems.  IES's award winning MILO Range training simulator systems are selected by agencies interested in improving weapons and force-option deployment skills, decision-making and cognitive thinking skills, and measuring individual and collective tactical and technical skills in law enforcement, public safety and combat environments.



Fire Training Systems  


Drager's comprehensive portfolio of both Class A and B professional fire training props, as well as custom configurable SCBA confidence mazes, allow solutions that are tailored to the unique needs of individual fire departments, giving Fire Fighters the ability to practice in a safe environment.  Whether you are looking for a fixed or mobile solution, let the experts at Drager help you design the solution that is right for you.  

Responder Gateway has been designed to make it easy to find exactly what's going on in the world of the emergency responder. One place. One stop. One source. This site is a great resource for anyone who wants to stay up to date about various subjects within the first responder industry and doesn't have time to waste. 


McAllen fire academy trains next generation of firefighters

Drager Installs a Fixed Car & QUAD Prop

Last Chance: ESC Workshop in Colorado on 4/28, 4/29
Fire Department Task Force Again Focuses On Training - Hartford Courant to continue

Training helps police prepare for active shooter situations to continue 


Volunteer County fire department suspended over training to continue 

Death after Taser use raises police training issue to continue 


Fire Department hopes to spark interest in field with firefighter scholarships to continue 

NY budget funds $1.5m police training on the mentally ill to continue   


Budget panel OKs hike in firefighter training stipend to continue 

Police Refresh Motorcycle Skills During Training Video to continue 


New fire training center to open in Louisiana to continue 

Police training in mixed martial arts #MMA to continue 

Glendale AZ is hiring new firefighters to continue 


Police get tourniquets, training to continue 


Indiana moves to standardize state fire training system to continue 

Police Cameras, Officer Training Under Review In Colorado to continue 

Was Lack Of Training A Factor In HFD Death? to continue 

First of its kind training program teaches police how to use aerial drones to continue 

Women face a number of hurdles inside Tampa Fire Rescue to continue  


Possible Animal Encounter Training For Police to continue  


Could Drones Put Out Forest Fires With This Sound Wave Device? to continue    


Dog shootings raise call for more police training to continue  


Why This Career Firefighter Opened a Firehouse Subs Restaurant to continue   


New shoot/don't shoot training: Realistic video scenarios to continue

Forest Service eyes improvement of enhanced shelter to save firefighters lives to continue  


N.J. police would have to undergo diversity training under legislation to continue   


Controlled burn gets out of control at airport to continue 

Philly police need more training, report says to continue  




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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