Butte College Unveils New Training Site – Chico Enterprise-Record
OROVILLE — Butte College unveiled its brand new Scenario Village with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, refreshments and staff speeches on Wednesday.
The facility, which was built to train law enforcement, firefighters, fish and wildlife, and parks and recreation recruits, houses five modular buildings, a restroom building and a shade structure. . The village is a dedicated training area to perform the required scenario tests. The project itself is part of the $190 million Measure J Bond project and was built on time and on budget.
Police officers from Redding, Anderson, and Chico attended the event, along with deputies from Yuba County, Sutter County, and Shasta County Sheriff’s Offices; State Parks; Department of Fish and Wildlife; Butte County Code Enforcement and Butte College Police Department; with Butte College staff, students and community members.
Several speakers addressed the crowd before the ribbon cutting.
“What a wonderful day,” said Butte College President Samia Yaqub. “I am happy to be here for such a special occasion.”
Don Beasley, director of the Public Safety and Education Training Center, also delivered a speech. “It was a huge process to get here today,” he said. “We expect the buildings to be beneficial for years to come.”
Yaqub was very happy to attend the opening of the establishment.
“It took a long time to come,” Yaqub said after the ribbon cutting. “We considered something like this a decade ago. Other projects started right away.
Measure J also funded the renovation of the Butte College Technology Center building and the Diesel Lab at the college’s Skyway Center. The welding and fabrication facility is a new building along with the new athletics and kinesiology building, both also funded by Measure J.
Yaqub said Scenario Village is the only location in California that offers these types of training grounds.
“It’s a place for real-life scenarios and that’s very important,” she said.
Scenario Village houses spaces for a grocery store or apartments, for example, so recruits can experiment with different emergency scenarios.
Andrew Page attended the event. Page is a new hire for the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and a student at Butte College. He should graduate in three weeks.
“I think it’s awesome,” Page said of the opener. “I enjoyed everything here at Butte. Academic staff, law enforcement, everyone has been fantastic.
Beasley was also very excited about the opening.
“It’s a great achievement for the college. It’s been a long time coming. It opens so many doors in training,” Beasley said.
The village won’t be holding a practice for a while. The interior walls of some buildings are not quite built yet.
“We want it open as quickly as possible,” Beasley said. “I’m very, very grateful that the project is complete.”
Dominic Sanfilippo is the coordinator of the Fire Academy. “Congratulations to the college. This is a step in the right direction for public safety,” he said.