Project: Public Safety Training Facility
The 2015 Facilities Master Plan Update included an assessment of City facilities and a recommendation for building a Public Safety Training Facility based on Sugar Land’s population growth and training needs. Currently, the Police and Fire Departments perform most of their training outside of Sugar Land city limits. The Fire-EMS Department provides the vast majority of employee training while on-duty and they currently utilize the City of Richmond’s fire training facility, which limits the training crews to be available availability for emergency response with the City of Sugar Land while training. The proposed Public Safety Training Facility will enable the Police and Fire Departments to conduct critical trainings within the City limits.
Phase one of the project began in the fall of 2017 with the development of preliminary designs that included identifying proposed police and fire department training facilities, equipment, infrastructure requirements needed, and their placement within the allocated site. Construction of an Interim Gun Range was identified through previous studies as a part of the development of Phase I of the Public Safety Training Facility. This project was included in the approved FY18 budget and the construction of the gun range was completed in 2018.
Phase I of the project also includes the construction of a Modular Fire Training Facility. This project, which is expected to be completed in November 2019, provides a local training site where staff can develop new skills and maintain required certifications. A new mandate by the Insurance Service Organization, the group that sets the city’s Property Protection Classification or fire insurance rate, requires each firefighter to have at least 18 hours of training on a designated fire training field each year. Phase I of the Public Safety Training Facility allows the fire department to meet or exceed each required training field component.
Phase two focuses on facility and infrastructure improvements such as adding storage, firearms range office space, electricity, lighting, and concreate pads to support fire department training apparatus. With the addition of Phase II, Fire-EMS will be able to conduct realistic EMS scenario based training, expand Incident Command exercises, deliver department-wide smoke diver / saving your own safety programs, increase hands on rotations on vertical ventilation tasks, and increase SCBA confidence course completion.
Proposed future improvements include adding classroom space, drivers training, and specialized skills training.
Police officers as well as firefighters respond to emergencies on a regular basis that require expert driving skills. The addition of a driving track would be utilized to practice those skills, and reduce accidents. The driving track will also allow the traffic officers who utilize motorcycles to qualify within the city instead of traveling to another agency. The driving track would also be used to train public works employees in the use of high water rescue vehicles and other heavy duty equipment. The facility would also include a “live fire” firearms and reality based training building for the police department. In these training segments officers are placed in a scenario where they must utilize the training they have received. It gives the instructors an opportunity to test an officer’s response in a controlled environment as well as making sure the appropriate tactics were used and policies were followed. Future plans also include adding a permanent gun range that would allow training and qualification of both handguns and rifles