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June 2015
Some Things to Consider About 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?
  3. If training props break or need maintenance, who will call the manufacturer, order repair parts, revise the training schedule or notify crews that training class(s) will be cancelled?
  4. What are the true training needs now and 20 years from now? Will the site for the center support growth? Will the site utilities meet the equipment needs, apparatus storage, parking, etc?
  5. If the training center is a multiple department partnership, how will the training center be governed? Who gets scheduling priority, how and why?  . . . 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 are good, successful excuses people have used after being pulled over by a cop?


Q: Is there a forest fire fighting technique that involves smothering fires with sheets of lightweight, to extinguish the fire?
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Q:  Is it illegal to drive a car with your shoes off?
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Q: How do firefighters divide up the work in a large fire?
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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. 


Police Use Milo Range Simulator to Complement Field Training (Video)

Same SKIDCAR, New Use
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Police officers receive simulated training on Milo Range Simulator to continue 


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US police instructors go to Ukraine to train Kiev regime's security forces to continue 

The New and Valuable Fire Department Training Center to continue   


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Training is in short supply for police forces to continue 

Fire Chief Says Training Facility Needs to Be Replaced to continue 

Police training academy students could soon get college credit to continue 


Virtual reality training simulator with AFG Grant Funds to continue 


Oakland Police Recruits Training in S.F. as Both Cities Make Hiring Push to continue 

Regional multi dept. fire training center planned in Maine to continue 

New online training for police on child abuse to continue 

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Police union says Ohio Senate plan robs local funds to pay for training help to continue  


Firefighters celebrate opening of new fire training facility to continue  


Police: Man With Martial Arts Training Breaks Sheriff's Leg to continue    


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State police training bloodhounds for searches to continue   


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Volunteer firefighters' work has become more difficult with added regulations to continue   


Video: Watch Idaho police officers miserably fail Segway training to continue 

Police and Fire Join for New Training 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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