CIP Project MF040 represents a proposed joint Police and Fire Training Facility. The project calls for the design and construction of a public safety training facility on the southern portion of the Rittenhouse basin bordered by the East Maricopa County Floodway (EMF), Power Road, and the Union Pacific Railroad/Rittenhouse Alignment (see map below). The proposed training facility consists of multiple tactical, prop and classroom structures, shooting range and a driver training track necessary for the best-in-class training of police officers, firefighters, and other first responders.
The Gilbert Public Safety Training Facility will be a multi-use joint police and fire training facility designed to meet the specialized training needs of Gilbert’s public safety personnel. The primary focus of the facility is to provide a comprehensive training environment for Gilbert’s police and fire departments that meet existing and future needs, with opportunities to provide additional training space for other town departments as well as other governmental agencies and organizations.
Training facilities essential to Gilbert police officers and fire fighters such as drill grounds, basic training props, a driver training track, and related classrooms are largely dependent upon obtaining space in facilities located in other cities. Gilbert’s ability to
consistently and reliably meet its own current and future training requirements is not guaranteed as other cities strive to meet their own public safety training demands.
The facility will include classrooms, training props and buildings designed to mimic common structures and hazards found in Gilbert as well as a driving course and driving skills pad. The site will provide tactical training to simulate real life scenarios for fire department and police personnel through a one-stop-shop total training environment. Administrative offices for training staff and a community space designedto be made available to community organizations are also included.
Gilbert police and fire personnel are required to have hundreds of hours of annual and ongoing training in both instructive and practical settings. This includes basic in-service training to advanced-level instruction designed to meet specific competencies and build employee consistency and confidence. The proposed facility allows for appropriate frequency and realism in residential, commercial and roadway scenarios. Examples of Fire training include: paramedic/EMT initial training and continuing education, hazardous materials training, driver/ operator training, recruit fire academies, fire ground practical scenarios, etc. Examples of Police training include: recruit police academies, firearms proficiency, tactical driving, special operations training, SWAT training, etc.