Festivities Set April 21 For Opening Of VVC Regional Public Safety Training Center

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)– A dedication ceremony and a public open house are set April 21 beginning at 10 a.m. for the new state-of-the-art Victor Valley College Regional Public Safety Training Center (VVCRPSTC) in Apple Valley, located at 19190 Navajo Rd.

The new $31.5 million center is the first construction project funded by the voter-approved Measure JJ, and offers a multi-agency learning environment to maximize disaster training by incorporating fire science, EMT, paramedic, administration of justice, and corrections.

Beginning at 10 a.m. the VIP dedication ceremony will feature Erik Skinner, executive vice chancellor for programs, with the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office, and Fred Wehrenberg, branch chief for  training and exercise with FEMA’s  National Preparedness Directorate.

Following the dedication ceremony, a public open house from 1 to 4:30 p.m. will feature an afternoon of live demonstrations, as well as self-guided facility tours.

The nine-acre campus encompasses some 41,500 square feet of buildings and classrooms geared for the 21st century learner, as well as a prop yard, fire station and tower for training.  Designed by Carrier Johnson Architects, the center features a 230kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system consisting of rooftop panels and solar covered carports that provide nearly 80 percent of the building’s total electricity demand earning recognition as a Gold LEED facility by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Described as a “village under a roof,” the VVCRPSTC  features two student lounges, a computer lab and video production lab, 12 Smart classrooms, showers and locker rooms, an indoor tactical shooting range including a 3-D projection scenario program, and an outdoor courtyard blanketed with “N” level wireless network.

A four-acre prop yard also offers live simulation training opportunities including Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) City buildings for urban rescue training; a confined space/trench prop, a low angle rope rescue prop, a confined space rescue prop, a derailed train car and a five-story tower with burn rooms.

Development of the center was made possible by a collaborative community effort beginning with the passage of Measure JJ in 2008, and the donation of land from the Walmart Corporation in conjunction with the Apple Valley Fire Protection District.

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