In the early 1990’s, local, state, and national government leaders recognized the need to establish a regional training center to support the fire service and law enforcement professions. With support from Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar, the FAA provided approximately $15 million in grant funds to construct the original facility, which opened in 1994. Built on 80 acres the Lake Superior Regional Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) Center has been dedicated to serve as a national center of learning and training for the nation’s airport first responders. Over the past 14 years, the training center, now called the Emergency Response Training Center (ERTC).
Lake Superior College , in collaboration with Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, envisions building on the existing ERTC history of success by expanding the facilities and training opportunities offered there. While recognizing the impressive level of achievement that the ERTC has attained by providing critical training to literally thousands of both pre-employment and in-service public safety personnel over the past 14 years, key leaders at the colleges, at numerous municipal and county fire and law enforcement agencies, and at federal agencies (including the military) have come together in a cooperative effort to explore the opportunity and feasibility of designing, building, and operating an expanded training center.