The Dallas Morning News

College, cities break ground on public safety training center

- Nanette Light

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.

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