The Dallas Morning News
College, cities break ground on public safety training center
Collin College, along with the cities of McKinney and Allen, broke ground Friday on a Public Safety Training Center in McKinney east of U.S. 75 off Bloomdale Road.
The center — part of a $600 million bond package voters will decide on May 6 — will house the college’s fire science and law enforcement academies. It also will be a professional development training site for Collin County’s emergency services personnel. Built in cooperation with Allen and McKinney, the cities also will provide funds for the facility.
The 128,000-square-foot center will include two multistory burn towers for fire training in residential and commercial firefighting settings, according to a news release. The Fire Science Academy also features specialized simulators for training in hazardous material fires and spills and civil aircraft fires.
The Law Enforcement Academy includes a training village with simulated retail spaces, apartment facades and office buildings for realitybased training. It also includes three indoor firearm ranges and a dedicated defensive tactics room.
The academies also will offer continuing education courses for local, state and federal public safety employees.