First Responder Training Center Gets $3 Million in Federal Funding

A sprawling first responder training center in the northeast Las Vegas Valley has received $3 million in federal funding through President Joe Biden’s recently signed omnibus funding bill.

Tom Kovach, executive director of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation, credited the senses. Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., for helping secure new funds for the Reality Based Training Center, 7370 E. Carey Road.

“They understand the importance (of the training center) to the safety of everyone who lives and works here, as well as the tens of millions of people who visit here,” Kovach said.

The training center is expected to help first responders, including Las Vegas Valley police officers, better prepare for complex public safety threats such as acts of terrorism or a mass shooter like the one that killed 60 people. during the Route 91 Harvest festival shootout on October 19. 1, 2017. The project has been in the works for years and includes administrative offices, classrooms and simulators for training police officers, firefighters and other first responders. A larger, adjacent indoor tactical training village remains under construction. The $3 million in federal money will be used to help pay for the construction of the tactical training village.

Kovach said the foundation is actively trying to raise an additional $10 million to complete the first two phases of the project, covering all costs for the first two buildings which cover nearly 200,000 square feet of space. Donations are sought from the public, foundations and local governments to help pay.

Plans also call for a dramatic expansion of the training center in the coming years with the help of public funds. Officials have requested tens of millions of dollars from President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion U.S. bailout package, which would be doled out by the governments of Las Vegas, Clark County and Nevada if approved.

This money would also help fund a course on how to operate emergency vehicles. Nellis Air Force Base has set aside 200 acres of federal land off Hollywood Boulevard on the southeast perimeter of the base for the Vehicle Training Center. Police said this aspect of the project will help first responders train on patrol cars and SWAT vehicles, while firefighters will train on fire trucks and ambulances, and army personnel of the air will train on the vehicles of the air force.

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