Cuyahoga Community College breaks ground in Parma

November 18, 2013 by  

Cuyahoga Community College broke ground November 4 for a new training center for first responders. The Public Safety Training Center of Excellence is projected to cost $10.1m and will open in August, 2014. The facility will be used to train safety personnel coming from 12 different counties.

The new center covers 10 acres, and was created by expanding the Fire Training Academy that already existed on the campus. It will provide instruction to those just beginning their careers, as well as allowing police and fire departments to meet the requirements for continuing education. Police personnel will train here instead of at the Metro Campus in Cleveland.

Among the changes on campus will be the renovation of a former elementary school into classrooms housing up to 44 students. Elsewhere on campus, a two-story structure comprising 4,000 square feet will be built to give firefighters a way to practice battling fires in a real environment A paved area, measuring 180 feet by 600 feet, will be constructed so personnel can practice pursuit driving and defensive driving.

The school’s fire academy has been in operation for nearly 40 years, and the police academy for over 30. The expansion will enable the school to take on new programs planned for next fall, as well as making it easier for departments to get in their required training without having to send their officers to Columbus or Toledo.

The college could work with brochure printers to create a mailer to neighboring fire and police departments to make certain they know about the new facility.