Development underway for ‘Hawk Training Center’ — Merced County Times

Planning and infrastructure development is underway at a regional fire academy and public safety training center in the airport industrial park on Hawk Drive and South Thornton Road in Merced.

The facility will be known as the Hawk Regional Training Center and will include education and training services for firefighters, rescuers and emergency responders.

With a $3 million grant secured by Senator Anna Caballero for the initial phase, the city is working on the environmental review process with a two-year implementation plan to establish utility infrastructure and build halls classroom, restrooms, parking and a training tower. The city plans future phases to be developed over the next ten years.

“I am proud to be able to secure investments in public safety that benefit the residents and families of my Senate district and I am encouraged by the partnership and long-term planning of our community leaders,” said Senator Anna Caballero. . “This funding will create educational and career pathway opportunities for young people as well as training and certification programs to ensure first responders are well prepared to serve the community.”

When completed, the regional training center will include a campus with classrooms, offices, a training tower, an emergency vehicle operation course and other facilities for urban search and rescue. , aircraft rescue training, trench rescue and various types of emergency response.

“Senator Caballero’s support is a valuable investment in our community,” said Mayor Matthew Serratto. “This regional training center is essential to the City Council’s priority of improving training services for public safety personnel to protect the health and well-being of residents in our community.

Under a memorandum of understanding, the City of Merced, Merced College, and the Merced Union High School District will partner to share roles and responsibilities for operations to establish the technical career path of and to link with Merced College’s new paramedic training program.

“This facility will fill a regional need for ongoing education and training,” said Merced Fire Chief Derek Parker. “The center will be an extension of the Merced College Fire Academy and will meet the ongoing needs for fire training and emergency medical services for firefighters, police and public works personnel. Additionally, the nearby Merced Yosemite Regional Airport will allow convenient access for outside agencies,” Parker said.

Merced College Superintendent and President Chris Vitelli said, Merced College appreciates the City of Merced’s partnership. We are grateful for this opportunity to provide joint training programs for high school students and community members entering the important field of fire science.

A Regional Vocational Program (ROP) through the Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) will be available for third and fourth year high school students interested in gaining knowledge and skills for a career in health services. ‘fire. Upon successful completion of the ROP program, students can emerge with training as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Wilderness Firefighter, and First Responder. They will be employable the day after graduation or at age 18.

“We appreciate the forward-thinking spirit of the city of Merced,” said Alan Peterson, Director of MUHSD. “It’s programs like this that help make high school relevant for our students. Merced College and MUHSD have a history of developing excellent CTE opportunities for students. Having the City join us in playing an active leadership role will bring great value to our community.

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