Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center receives $550,000 to improve facility and boost public safety in local communities.
HARRISBURG – State Sen. Ryan Aument (R-36) joined Chief Jack Brommer from Columbia Borough, members of the Lancaster County Chiefs of Police Association, and representatives from local media outlets for a tour of the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center following news that the facility received $550,000 in COVID-19 American Rescue Plan Act Pandemic Response Grant funds to make necessary upgrades to improve the delivery of public safety services to the community.
The purpose of the tour was to share with Lancaster County residents how the new technology and upgrades to the facility purchased by the grant funds will make local communities safer.
“There’s no denying that scrutiny on law enforcement is at an all-time high in this country. We have an obligation to provide them with the best tools and training possible so they can protect our communities to the absolute best of their ability. This funding will help bring Lancaster County’s law enforcement and emergency response services to the next level, benefitting each and every member of our community” said Aument.
The funds will be used to:
- Purchase a Firearm Training Simulator (FATS) to enhance de-escalation training for law enforcement officers through interactive firearms and virtual reality simulations,
- Improve the current firing range, including adding a new target system to replace the current aging system from 2004, and
- Add a Burn Room to boost training for firefighters by providing another space for fire scenario drills.
“These necessary upgrades to the training facility will allow our law enforcement officers, fire, and EMS personnel to train with the most effective resources available so that we can ensure that we are prepared and able to respond to the public safety needs of our communities in an efficient, safe, and professional manner,” added Chief Brommer.
The funds were dispersed to the county late last month and work on the upgrades will begin as soon as possible.
Photos and a full length video of the tour are available here.
CONTACT: Stephanie Applegate