The joint training facility campus is to be co-located with a new Fire Department headquarters, and a fire vehicle maintenance and logistics center to service Fire Department fleet vehicles and house supplies for fire stations throughout the community. | Photo courtesy City of El Paso
Officials with the City of El Paso’s Capital Improvement Department announced Monday that the public is invited to the second virtual community meeting on the proposed site for the new Police and Fire Joint Training Facility.
“The new training academy is one of the signature projects of the voter-approved 2019 Public Safety Bond,” city officials say. “This bond program is aimed at bolstering the operational efficiency of public safety services to meet the needs of a growing community through new police and fire facilities and equipment, and the renovation of existing facilities.”
The proposed site, which is currently vacant, is in Northeast El Paso, located north of the North Hills subdivision.
According to officials, preliminary estimates indicate the proposed development would occupy approximately 50 to 100 acres and would be surrounded by more than 1,400 acres of dedicated open space to serve as a noise and view scape buffer for adjacent neighborhoods, the Roundhouse and Lazy Cow trails, and nearby open space.
The joint academy will have the following amenities:
- Fire training props
- Indoor shooting range
- Swift water rescue pool
- Fitness gym
- A simulation room
- Police tactical training facility
- Mock courtroom
- Emergency vehicle training area
- Parking that could be used by trail visitors during non-business hours
City officials add that the joint training facility campus is to be co-located with a new Fire Department headquarters, and a fire vehicle maintenance and logistics center to service Fire Department fleet vehicles and house supplies for fire stations throughout the community.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 2021. To participate in the meeting click here or dial toll-free at (833) 664-9267 and enter the phone conference ID: 810 233 425#.