Aurora City Council approved $22 million dollars to build a joint police and fire training facility. It will be paid for through bonds without additional taxes levied on Aurora residents.
The new facility will replace existing, outdated training resources that are spread throughout Aurora and surrounding counties. Currently, the City’s police officers and recruits train in a former military barracks at the old Fitzsimons Army Base in Aurora.
The City wishes to investigate the feasibility of constructing and operating the training facility for the delivery of law enforcement and fire service training to its police officers and firefighters, including both in-service personnel and newly-hired recruits. The City commissioned Interact Business Group (IBG) of Valley Center, California, to develop the strategic business planning component of the project. The Strategic Business Plan is an important tool that can help key leaders make informed and knowledgeable decisions for the safety and well-being of city personnel, the citizens, and property in their community. This Strategic Business Plan evaluates options and recommends the best and most practical course of action for providing required training activities for the City of Aurora Police and Fire Departments (the Partners). The business plan contains the following sections:
- Aurora Internal Training Needs
- Regional Training Needs
- Daily Operations Plan
- Financial and Resource Assessment
- Go Forward Plan
The City of Aurora Public Safety Training Center (CAPSTC) training center is now fully operational. The design team of BRS Architects and RDG Planning and Design worked with the City on programming and planning and assisted with Design-Build team selection.
Located on a 22.7-acre site in southeastern Aurora, the four newly-constructed buildings provide both departments with classroom, administration, and training exercise facilities. Completed in February of 2016, the project achieves the program requirements set forth in the study with these major components:
- Component A – Educational Training area with classrooms, staff offices, and lecture hall.
- Component B – Reality Based Training area with gymnasium and defensive tactics lab.
- Component C – Field Training area with fire department dirty room, engine room, vehicle storage, gear storage, classrooms, shower and locker rooms, and laundry facility.
- Component D – Field Training area with search and rescue structure, drill tower, burn building, drill ground, driving skid pad and straight away, and K-9 training area
“An extraordinary complex that offers a vast array of training opportunities”
– Lieutenant Chris Juul, Police Academy Commander / Asst. SWAT Commander