Groundbreaking held for public safety training center in Fond du Lac

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FOND DU LAC, Wis (WBAY) - A groundbreaking was held Wednesday afternoon in an effort to keep area communities safer.

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Groundbreaking for the Fond du Lac safety training center on Sept. 12, 2018 (WBAY photo)

A public safety training center in Fond du Lac is being built and is expected to help first responders be better prepared for potential dangers you may be put in.

The new center will consist of two buildings. One is an indoor firing range for police. The other a four-story burn tower for firefighters.

"To have a facility that provides us a more of a realistic setting for live fire training is something that's very hard to come by,' said Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O'Leary.

For police, the indoor range will prevent officers from having to travel considerable distances, which is the case now.

Fond du Lac Police Chief William Lamb said, "With the threats police officers face nowadays, be it the active shooter-type threats or the attacks on law enforcement officers, both of which have become far too common in our society, we have a huge obligation to make sure our police officers are effectively trained and equipped to overcome those treats."

City Manager Joe Moore says the training center will be used by police and firefighters for generations to come.

"We thought for a city our size with police departments, fire rescue departments we have, we needed to have, that we needed to add this to our portfolio, to be able to train our own," added Moore.

Construction is dependent upon the weather, but the goal is to have the center open just after the first of the year.