The City of Round Rock Police & Fire Departments are collaborating on a project to build a Public Safety Training Center. The location for the center being considered is the 72-acre site adjacent to the Police Department Headquarters.
The City of Round Rock has commissioned the Interact Business Group, to conduct research on several key issues related to the training of the city’s police and fire service personnel.
The primary task of this project is to develop a complete Strategic Business Plan that may be used by key decision makers to make informed and competent decisions for the safety and well-being of the city personnel, the citizens and property in the community.
This Strategic Business Plan evaluates options and recommends the best and most practical course of action for providing required training activities for Round Rock’s Police & Fire Departments.
This report includes a complete needs assessment of the training population size (number of students) and the training hours required by the Partners at current training levels, as well as anticipated future levels. Conclusions were formed after a lengthy analysis of these requirements. Round Rock Police and Fire senior staff personnel were made available to IBG and provided guidance for this report. These interviews were conducted in person, video conference and telephone by IBG. Further, IBG identified federal, state, and local training standards such as; Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, Texas Commission on Fire Protection, and Commission of the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies and incorporated those standards into the needs assessment. The completed needs assessment identified each required training class, total training hours, number of students for each class, training presentation level, and training facilities needed to successfully accomplish the training (classroom, training props, and so on).
In addition IBG completed the following tasks
- Facility Program – Identification of all required major training components of the new Training Center. A conceptual site plan we created that shows the center’s primary components and their relationships to one another.
- Operations Plan – A blueprint for developing formal operational procedures for the new Training Center. Also, job descriptions were developed for key center personnel.
- Financial Estimate – A full construction cost estimate based on information provided by Round Rock and data gathered by IBG from existing operational training facilities. The estimate was based on an assessment of local construction costs and historical area cost data.
- Annual Operations and Maintenance Expenses – Based on the Center construction scope, an annual operations and maintenance (O&M) budget has been established.
- Benefits of a Dedicated Training Center – Analysis of monetary and non-monetary benefits of building a Training Center in Round Rock.
The $29-million, 65,000-square-foot building is being paid for by bond funds approved by voters in 2013.
The Round Rock Training Center is in construction with dedicated and opening anticipated in September 2018. The facility will include:
- Police and Fire administration and training offices
- Training room
- Fire scenario training warehouse
- Firing range and associated classroom and storage space
- Highway response course and driving skills pad
- Five story burn tower
- Fuel spill, drafting tank, and derailed train props