The Gilbert Fire Department took a leading role in the planning and development of the training center, which was a natural outcome of its vision and mission statements. It came from a deep seated-realization that ongoing, realistic, and technology supported training is necessary for the healthy growth of a professional fire department. The Gilbert Police was in need of a central location where it could conduct critical hands-on field training. With the help of Interact Business Group they were able to research and create planning strategies and a business plan to accomplish this. The business plan included a complete short and long term training needs assessment, a conceptual site plan, construction cost estimate, operational cost estimate and funding strategy
The Town of Gilbert’s Police Department (GPD) and Fire & Rescue Department (GF&R) are collaborating on a project to build a Public Safety Training Facility. The Town of Gilbert commissioned the Interact Business Group , to conduct research on several key issues related to the training of the town’s police and fire service personnel. The primary task of this project is to develop a Business and Needs Assessment Plan that may be used by key leaders to make informed and competent decisions for the safety and well-being of the town’s personnel, the citizens, and property in the community.
The report included a complete needs assessment of the training population size (number of students) and the training hours required by the GPD and GF&R at current training levels, as well as anticipated future levels. Conclusions were formed after a lengthy analysis of these requirements. GPD and GF&R senior staff personnel were made available to IBG and provided guidance for this report. 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.