The Ventura County Fire Department engaged the Interact Business Group to conduct a needs assessment and prepare a strategic business plan (SBP) for a proposed regional fire training center designed to meet the needs of the Department. At the direction of the VCFD, IBG focused its efforts toward answering the following questions:
- What training will be provided at the facility?
- What training props and other assets are needed and what are their priorities?
- Who will use the training facility?
- What are the benefits of the training facility to the fire department staff, the community, and the citizens?
Staff from the VCFD were made available to IBG and provided guidance for this report. IBG conducted one-on-one interviews, telephone conference calls, and internet-based video conferences with the project team. The purpose of this interaction was to gain an understanding of the project needs and desired outcomes. These interactions focused on subjects such as organizational structure, existing conditions, training philosophy, changes in staffing, future organization growth factors, and unmet needs.
The foremost consideration applied while developing new and improved facilities was the training needs of the Ventura County Fire Department. Guided by the information, IBG worked with public safety training design experts RDG Planning and Design of Omaha, Nebraska, to develop a conceptual site plan that reflects the facility’s build-out strategy based on VCFD’s identified training needs.