Community Celebrates Victor Valley College Regional Public Safety Training Center

Members of the Victor Valley Board of Trustees receive a framed poster from the 2008 Measure JJ campaign. Pictured from left are Virgil Barnes, President, Apple Valley Fire Protection District Board of Directors; Joe Range, President, Victor Valley College Board of Trustees; Lorrie Denson, Vice President, Victor Valley College Board of Trustees; Michael Krause, Clerk, Victor Valley Board of Trustees; and Joe Brady, Member, Victor Valley College Board of Trustees.

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)–Citizens, public officials and community leaders celebrated the April 21st dedication of the new state-of-the-art Victor Valley College Regional Public Safety Training Center (VVCRPSTC) in Apple Valley, located at 19190 Navajo Rd.

During the program, Dr. Christopher O’Hearn, president of Victor Valley College, credited the community’s 2008 passage of Measure JJ with the center’s development.

“High Desert citizens entrusted VVC to build and improve the infrastructure to support higher education and vocational training in the Victor Valley, O’Hearn said. “Today’s dedication ceremony marks the completion of the first new facility financed by
Measure JJ.”

The crowd looks on as firefighters demonstrate rescue techniques during the public open house.

Offering a multi-agency learning environment, the VVCRPSTC is designed to maximize disaster training by incorporating fire science, EMT, paramedic, administration of justice, and corrections. 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.

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.

The $31.5 million center earned praise from speakers including Erik Skinner, executive vice chancellor with California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office, and Fred Wehrenberg, branch chief for training and exercise with FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate.

Paramedics are caught in action during a demonstration at the Victor Valley College Regional Public Safety Training Center.

During the celebration, guest enjoyed tours and classroom exhibitions, as well as live demonstrations in the four-acre prop yard that provides training opportunities for urban rescue training; a confined space/trench prop, a low angle rope rescue prop, a derailed train car and a five-story tower with burn rooms. Additionally, the center features a training area, CERT City, for Community Emergency Response Teams.

The Victor Valley College Regional Public Safety Training Center drew hundreds to the grand opening and open house on April 21.

Constructed by Highland Partnership and designed by Carrier Johnson + Culture, 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.

Development of the center was made possible by a donation of land from the Apple Valley Fire Protection District in conjunction with the Walmart Corporation.

A firefighter demonstrates the strength of a water hose from the top of the five-story fire tower at the Victor Valley College Regional Public Safety Training Center.

The Apple Valley Fire Protection District Honor Guard kick off the opening ceremonies of the new Victor Valley College Regional Public Safety Training Center.

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