Work begins on new police, fire training facility

Mar. 2—Metropolis officers and engineers met final week to work on funding and civil engineering and to additionally “tweak a couple of issues” on plans for a $20 million regional hearth and police coaching advanced, a primary of its type in northeast Oklahoma.

Claremore Police Chief Steve Cox, who had the plans in hand, mentioned work was scheduled to be underway on Part I March 1. One of many metropolis’s undertaking companions, Grand River Dam Authority started transferring its giant filth work gear and equipment onto the property north of Claremore in preparation for intensive filth and highway work.

The brand new coaching facility is being constructed on the outdated metropolis landfill, which is city-owned property. It’s located between Freeway 66 and County Street 4180. A portion of the property will proceed for use for different metropolis functions probably together with a waste switch station.

Cox mentioned the overarching aim is to construct a hearth and police coaching facility that can convey people collectively from businesses all through the three-county space and past.

“The concept is that if we are able to prepare collectively, we might be higher collectively,” Cox mentioned.

He mentioned at one time the town’s outside capturing vary had over 40 businesses coaching there.

Part I’ll value round $7 million and entails transferring huge quantities of filth — round 8,000 dump truck hundreds — onto the constructing web site. GRDA is the associate making that occur. When full this can flip the property into an acceptable building web site, the place a multi-user 360-degree pistol vary, a multi-user rifle vary, and area for a big lined coaching facility can be constructed.

Part I is projected to be full someday in 2026.

Rogers County commissioners supplied a one-time American Rescue Plan Act grant of $1 million towards the undertaking matching $1.2 million from the town of Claremore. Whereas funding for all the undertaking remains to be being recognized, Cox mentioned Rogers County has been a “key ally.”

Part II requires building of a giant concreted area for firefighter coaching workout routines and probably even driver’s coaching and certification programs for hearth engines, college buses, and different giant vans and industrial autos.

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