FVTC breaks ground on training center

October 25, 2012

From fox11.com: “FVTC breaks ground on training center” — GREENVILLE – The beginning of a step forward Wednesday in the training of emergency responders.  Those involved in building a $34 million public safety training center for Fox Valley Technical College hope it will eventually improve the protection of area communities.

“This is gonna make us move forward with a public safety training center that is second to none,” said Fire Protection Department Chair Jeremy Hansen.

The facility is going up in Greenville on Outagamie County Airport land.  It’s part of a more than $60 million referendum the community approved last spring.

Hansen told FOX 11 some highlights the 80-acre site will include are a mock village, a water-rescue pond and driving courses.  He said it will provide training for police, firefighters and EMT’s all at once.

“If we respond to it in the real world, we should be training together as well,” said Hansen.

The school trains both new recruits and those already working in public safety.  The Grand Chute Police Department is one of the local agencies that works with Fox Valley Tech.

“This will put officers into an environment that is exactly as they will face on the street,” Chief Greg Peterson told FOX 11.

The airport’s director told us construction will not interrupt airport traffic.  In fact, he said, he hopes the center brings more tourism to the area.

“It gives us a state-of-the-art facility to draw visitors to the area to spend a few days in the hotels, to show, to go to restaurants,” said Martin Lenss

Those involved say the center will also make the area safer.

“My officers will perform better, we will perform better as an organization, but the level of services we provide will dramatically increase,” said Peterson.

But Hansen told us the citizens have earned a good return on the investment.

“If it wasn’t for the community’s support, we wouldn’t have this facility,” said Hansen.

Contractors expect to have the project complete in about two years.

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