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Ribbon cutting and open house held at Joplin temporary Public Safety Training Center

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A ribbon cutting and open house on Wednesday celebrated the opening of Joplin's temporary Public Safety Training Center.

It's located in the former airport terminal building on Dennis Weaver Boulevard, covers 5,000 square feet and includes classrooms and office space for training personnel.

The center has already been in use, training 100 officers from 10 area law enforcement agencies.

"We can provide more types of training, we can provide that training more frequently, we can also ask other agencies to join us in that training," says Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts.

"This gives us that centralized location to do that training, one we can come to every time to have a more controlled environment," says Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles.

The building will be used while construction is underway on a permanent training facility just south of the airport that will include a number of structures for training police and fire personnel.

 

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE CITY OF JOPLIN

Temporary Public Safety Training Center opens

Joplin City officials and members of the Joplin Police and Fire Departments celebrated the opening of the temporary Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) with an Open House and Ribbon Cutting with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. The temporary training center is located in the former airport terminal building at 5501 Dennis Weaver Blvd.

With 5,000 square feet, the training center provides classrooms and office space for training personnel. The center has been in use for approximately two months. Since then, 100 officers from ten area law enforcement agencies have received training on various topics. Instructors from some of the agencies hosted in the Center include The Arbinger Institute, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, University of Missouri, and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department. The training center has also been utilized for meetings for organizations, such as the Citizens Police Academy, The Civil Air Patrol and The Southwest Missouri DWI Task Force. In addition, the Joplin Fire Department has worked with several agencies including the University of Missouri Fire Rescue Training, Crowder College and the Southwest Fire Training Alliance in recent months on fire training classes and exercises.

Funding for the PSTC was secured through the passage of a Public Safety Sales Tax in 2006. Development of the training center was budgeted for six million dollars. Approximately $200,000 was spent to renovate the former terminal building of the Joplin Regional Airport for this temporary center.

This opening is part of the first phase of a two-phase development for the Public Safety Training Center. Phase I also includes the start of construction and development of the hands-on training grounds incorporating a five-story training and live burn tower, several outdoor burn props, hazardous materials props, a large driving pad, a storage area and an all-weather training building. While this construction is taking place the City will also send out a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select an architect for the design of the permanent class room and office facility. Staff members from the Fire, Police and Public Works departments will work closely with the architect to design the permanent public safety training operations for the City.

As the development of the training center moves into Phase II, the hands-on training area will be completed along with the construction of a SWAT and K-9 obstacle course and additional outdoor training props. The project will conclude with the construction and occupancy of the new Public Safety Training Center Classroom and office facility. Work is estimated to be completed sometime in 2015.

Public safety officials have established the following as the Mission Statement for the PSTC:

To facilitate safe, professional and relevant public safety education and training based upon industry standards and best practices. We will utilize a multidisciplinary and dynamic approach including the most contemporary methodologies and technology, all of which ultimately results in superior emergency services to the public.

For more information about the PSTC, contact Police Lt. Matt Stewart at 417-623-3131, ext. 696, or Fire Training Chief Andy Nimmo at 417-624-0820, ext. 1306.

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