County Commissioners plan Public Safety Training Facility

Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, Commissioner Terence Farrell, and Commissioner Chair Carol Aichele announce the opening of the new training facility.

SOUTH COATESVILLE — The Chester County Commissioners announced plans for the county’s Public Safety Training Facility Dec. 8, at an event in South Coatesville.

The facility will be the county’s first common training academy for all emergency service first-responders.

The property, located on Modena Road in South Coatesville, was sold to Chester County by the steel company,  ArcelorMittal.

Taking part in the event were Chester County elected officials, members of the first responder community, Economic Development Council officials, the county’s Director of Emergency Services and members of the business community.

The expected cost of the project is between $20 million and $25 million and pledges for $18 million have already been received. Phase one of the project will include a Tactical Village with a search and rescue building, a six-story training tower, a vehicle turn and rescue area as well as a firing range.

Ground-breaking for the tactical village and renovation of an existing building will begin in late spring, with phase one completion anticipated for late summer 2012

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