Public Safety Training Center Ground Breaking
One of the top priorities for every legislator is the health and safety of their communities. With that in mind, Rep. Nora Slawik, Rep. Leon Lillie and I teamed up with local officials to secure funding for a new East Metro Public Safety Training Center. By meeting the many needs for training our east metro firefighters and providing cost savings for local departments, the facility will be a big benefit to the surrounding area.
Less than a year after the legislation passed, the property has been surveyed, traffic and environmental studies have been completed, and the site has been prepared for construction. The ground breaking and unveiling of the East Metro Public Safety Training Center is set for Thursday, June 14 at 9:30am. The event will take place at the site of the new center at the intersection of Highway 5 and Highway 120 in Oakdale.
The new facility will serve a multi-jurisdictional partnership between a number of local fire departments and public safety organizations to provide the training needs of local fire departments, police and emergency management agencies, and training organizations like Century College.
A combined total of more than 1,400 firefighters (both paid-per-call and full-time) cover a combined population of 716,158 in Ramsey and Washington Counties. In order to keep us safe, firefighters need to maintain multi-disciplined training in defensive tactics, live burns, responding to hazardous material spills and other spills, search and rescue, and working in confined spaces. Once finished, the training center will provide for all of these needs.
I would like to give a personal thanks to everyone involved in the work leading up to this event. Maplewood Fire Chief Steve Lukin, Oakdale Fire Chief Jeff Anderson, Stillwater Fire Chief Stuart Glaser and Lake Johanna Fire Chief Tim Boehlke served on the project’s steering committee and the project would not have been approved without their services.
For more information on the project, visit http://www.sehinc.com/online/east-metro-public-safety-training-center.
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