Expanding Training Area

The College of DuPage is expanding its training area for first responders.

At a recent board meeting, they approved Phase II of the Homeland Security Training Institute.

Back in the fall of 2011, the college opened the nation’s first non-military 4-D facility complete with an indoor town where students can train with real AR-15’s that shoot blank casings and use a laser, a classroom to view the scene played out on the street, a life size ambulance, and a smoke room.

Phase II will be located next to the current building, and will provide additional first responder training like “shoot/don’t shoot” simulators, weapon cleaning, and a shooting range.

“When you go to a range you normally stand in a spot and you shoot at a target and it’s a stationary target,” said Tom Brady, Associate Dean of the HEC. “This is going to allow us to do more interactive type training, more integrated, moving around shooting. This will be more realistic type training than we’re able to have now.”

The College of DuPage is home to the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy (SLEA), one of only six in the state.

“This facility here offers state-of-the-art technology for them to use for their training,” said Michael Casey, Director of SLEA. “It also offers more scenario type training. It affords us the opportunity to represent and give them scenario decision-making training, often what they run into on the street every day.”

The project will cost about $16 million, and is expected to open in spring of 2015.

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