$10 Million Approved for Public Safety Training Center at El Camino College
A proposed public safety training center for the South Bay, to be operated by El Camino College in partnership with local public safety agencies, has taken a major step forward. An appropriation of $10 million for the center, requested by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi of Torrance, was approved when Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2018-19 state budget June 27.
“El Camino College is deeply grateful for Assemblymember Muratsuchi’s efforts to secure funding,” said El Camino College President Dena P. Maloney. “His support has been invaluable as we begin the groundwork on this vitally important project.”
The South Bay Public Safety Training Center will address two critical needs. First, the region is the only part of Los Angeles County without a designated training center for local fire, police, hazmat, emergency management, and emergency medical service agencies. Second, the current training facility for ECC’s fire academy and law enforcement programs is severely limited in its ability to meet the needs of students.
“I am pleased to help deliver $10 million in funding for a future South Bay Public Safety Training Center at El Camino College,” said Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi. “As a strong supporter of our South Bay first responders, I look forward to our future law enforcement officers and firefighters being trained right here in the South Bay.”
A larger, modern facility operated in partnership between ECC and local agencies will support the education of public safety students while also addressing the ongoing training requirements of firefighters and law enforcement officers. The $10 million appropriation will help develop the center with the necessary classrooms, training towers, equipment, and a location for conducting joint training with multiple agencies in the event of a regional emergency.
Beyond meeting the day-to-day training needs of local public safety agencies, the center will also help first responders prepare for potential emergency scenarios of several high-profile events coming to the South Bay over the next few years. These include the Super Bowl in 2022 at the new NFL stadium in Inglewood, the 2028 Summer Olympics with competition scheduled at venues across Los Angeles County, and the World Cup.
“With a public safety training center in the South Bay, El Camino College can provide the specialized training our local public safety personnel need while also educating the future professionals who are enrolled in the College’s academic programs,” President Maloney said. “It’s a prime example of what community colleges do so well: keep the current workforce well-trained and ensure the pipeline of incoming talent is filled.”
A site for the South Bay Public Safety Training Center has not been determined, but the center’s planning committee is considering several options within the El Camino Community College District boundaries.
July 11, 2018