Public Safety Training Center
WHAT IS THE VIRGINIA REGIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY CENTER &TRAINING FACILITY?
The proposed Virginia Regional Public Safety Center and Training Facility is a proposed 60,000 square foot Regional Training Facility with 24/7 Fire-EMS Based Emergency Medical Services, Public Safety and Law Enforcement services.
The facility will be a new and Improved state-of-the-art, ADA Compliant home for the Virginia Fire & EMS Departments and Virginia Police Department.
This regional facility will be also include multiple, varied uses such as the following:
- Regional Training Facility would allow for specialized, cost-effective, quality training close-to-home for Fire, Police and Public Safety departments from all over Northern Minnesota
- Emergency Disaster Operations & Emergency Command Center for area
- Ability to provide Community Education Opportunities such as Home Safety, CPR & First Aid
WHY IS A NEW FACILITY NEEDED?
Our current facilities are outdated and sorely lacking in the equipment, technology and space needed to adequately serve our growing number of Police and Firefighter/Paramedic personnel.
As our staff grew in response to community needs, our facilities have stayed the same. Emergency Response and Public Safety apparatus cannot fit into the current facilities. We are literally out of room in both Police and Fire facilities. Room for expansion at proposed site would allow others to partner now or in the future
WHERE IS THE FACILITY GOING TO BE LOCATED?
According to a 2016 Facility Needs and Station Location Study completed by Five Bugles Design, several sites were studied based on criteria such as: Access to multiple main thoroughfares of the City; Prominent, visible location and Response Time to primary service area. The study recommended three sites for optimal design.
At this time, the City has not determined which location is the chosen site but the intent is to follow the recommendations of this study.
HOW WILL THIS PROJECT BE FUNDED?
The City of Virginia is requesting $15,000,000 in state funding to acquire land, demolish existing blighted structures, develop and remediate site, and assist with the construction of the Virginia Regional Public Safety Center & Training Facility.
The remaining funds will be secured through Federal, State, and local loans, grants and City levy funds.
CAN I HELP OR SUPPORT THIS FACILITY?
CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS
The City has a request to the State of MN Legislature for $10.39 million in funds to help build this facility. If you would like to contact your legislators to let them know you support the Virginia Regional Public Safety Center & Training Facility.
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JOIN THE FRIENDS OF PUBLIC SAFETY
The purpose of this adult non-profit organization will be to promote awareness, and focus public attention on the needs , services, programs and facilities while supporting firefighter safety, fire prevention, and public education programs.
For More Information please visit http://www.virginiamn.us/fire_test/join_the_friends_of_the_vfd.php
Your support of the Virginia Regional Public Safety Center & Training Facility is greatly appreciated!