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Future public safety training facility

Post Date:08/29/2018 4:27 PM
Public Safety Training FacilityThe City of Wilmington held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 4 for the future Haynes/Lacewell Police and Fire Training Facility. Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, WPD Chief Ralph Evangelous and WFD Fire Chief Buddy Martinette were among those on hand for the ceremony, as well as members of the Haynes and Lacewell families. 

The 31,000 square-foot building, named in honor of Sgt. Edward Haynes of the WPD and Capt. Eric Lacewell of the WFD, will be located on a portion of a 46-acre tract in the Hurst Street/Princess Place Drive area near Maides Park. The property will have several purposes. The WPD space will house a police report-taking office and a secure, indoor firearms training range that would have no noise impact to nearby neighborhoods. In addition, there will be space for classrooms, a driving simulator, a firearms/use of force simulator, indoor and outdoor K-9 training areas, and a mat room for physical techniques training. WPD will also host future Citizen’s Academy classes and other community events at the facility.  

The WFD space will house the department’s training and logistics divisions and a simulator to train staff on strategy and tactics to battle structure fires. There will also be space that could be used for training by other city departments.

Construction of the $9.1 million facility is expected to be complete in fall 2019.
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