In 2012, after 20 years of planning and fundraising, Chester County’s first responders got their own place to train together, thanks in part to a $600,000 anniversary grant from the Brandywine Health Foundation. Included in the grant was $400,000 for the center’s capital needs and an additional five-year,$200,000 grant to fund its training program. In September of 2012 the main building at the 90-acre county training facility opened in South Coatesville, and since then a new Tactical Village opened in 2015, and an indoor firing range is in the works to start construction in 2017.
“In addition to their extremely generous grant, the foundation has been incredibly supportive in helping us pitch the project to other potential funders.” ~ Michael Grigalonis, the Chester Economic Development Council’s chief operating officer.
Today, the Public Safety Training Center serves as a hub for public safety training in Chester County. Located in South Coatesville, the campus brings the first responder world closer to our community and allows everyone to feel safe and protected in the Coatesville area. with the complex’s tactical village complete, all the different types of first responders train together in the same ways they respond to real-life incidents.
“We can stage a mock auto accident that involves fire department first responders, EMS responders and police, just as they respond on a normal day when someone gets in an accident on the Rt. 30 Bypass. We can train together to respond to such situations instead of working it out during the height of an actual situation. The assistance we have received from Brandywine Health Foundation has strengthened training for first responders and citizens in the Coatesville area and throughout Chester County.” ~ George (Beau) Crowding, Deputy Director for Fire Services, Chester County Emergency Services Department
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