Town Manager Patrick Banger kicks off the groundbreaking ceremony. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Mayor Jenn Daniels introduces dignitaries in attendance at the Public Safety Training Facility groundbreaking. She jokes with the crowd about how the fact that the original town constable used his own car and locked up bootleggers in the water tower pump house shows the town has always run lean. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Police Chief Michael Soelberg speaks about the careful planning that went into the facility. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Fire Chief Jim Jobusch tells the story about how an idea many years ago for the Public Safety Training Facility became a reality. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gilbert resident Stephanie Cook talks about how first responders saved her husband’s life and how Gilbert paramedics have responded to calls about seizures her daughter suffered and how they followed up with her. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Spring, who wears a badge from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, participates in the Public Safety Training Facility groundbreaking with members of the Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department. (via Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
The town of Gilbert held a groundbreaking ceremony for its Public Safety Training Facility on May 20.
The town will build the facility with funds mostly from a bond sale that voters approved in November.
The training facility will consist of multiple tactical, prop and classroom structures; a shooting range; and a driver training track. It will be used to train police officers, firefighters and other first responders.
Construction at 6860 S. Power Road, Gilbert, will begin in June and is expected to last 24 months. www.gilbertaz.gov