From a look inside the 100-yard shooting range to a spin around the high speed track to a stop at the six-story burn tower, Allan Hancock College is offering a rare glimpse behind the gates of the college’s new state-of-the-art Public Safety Training Complex. The college will host a free “Community Day” at the facility on Saturday, August 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The complex is located off Highway One at the college’s Lompoc Valley Center.
The $38 million complex opened at the beginning of the year and serves as the training center for Hancock’s fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services and environmental health and safety programs.
“The community made the facility possible by approving Bond Measure I in 2006,” said David Senior, interim associate dean of public safety. “We want to give them an opportunity to see how their support helped build the premier public safety training complex on the West Coast.”
The free event includes a guided bus tour of the 68-acre facility. Visitors will first watch a brief introductory video.
Guests can watch first responders in action during live demonstrations that will take place during the tours, as well as throughout the day around the burn tower. Visitors will get a chance to visit the shooting range that is used for pistol and rifle training, 1.3 mile high speed track, scenario village, skid pan, trench rescue area, fitness track and more.
“The facility allows us to raise our training of recruits to unprecedented levels. We hope everyone comes out to see how,” said Senior.
Real emergency vehicles and equipment will also be on display, as well as food and souvenir vendors on hand.
Parking is free.