Joplin's City Council gives its first approval for a proposed new public safety center. KOAM and FOX 14's Jordan Aubey was at tonight's City Council meeting where the issue was discussed.
The public training center is part of a city public safety sales tax passed in 2006. Hopes are this facility will help local emergency workers, and become a hub for surrounding personnel.
Emergency workers in Joplin say a proposed new safety training center would have the potential for national influence.
"For fire, its pretty simple. They do have national standards for fire fighters and emergency technicians and paramedics. And basically what we would be doing is training to those national standards." says Chief Mitch Randels
City council members favor this site as a location, across from Joplin's old terminal entrance.
The estimated cost of the project, a little more than 7 million dollars. All of the money is already set aside for in the city's public sales tax fund. Joplin's fire chief says the center would be a money saver in the long run because firefighters travel across the country for training at least 2 times a year.
"Just to send one person, we're looking at 750 to a thousand dollars. That doesn't covering that person's shifts or work time. Because if someone leaves to go get training, we still have to have those individuals on the street to protection while they're gone." adds the Chief.
The center would include both classrooms and outside props, such as control-burn structures and hazmat areas.
"Of course there will be maybe some concern among folks that live out near there. But in a training facility, we are unlikely to be running sirens and stuff. So there will be some noise, but its not going to be something where we're out there running sirens all day." says Mayor Mike Woolston.
The center would also be used for training police. Police officers and firefighters not from Joplin would pay the city money to receive their training certification. The proposal still needs city council's final approval. But emergency workers hope to have the center up and running within 2 years.