JOPLIN, MO.--- Joplin first responders now have a new facility to help protect and serve the city. The city remodeled space at the old airport terminal for a temporary training center for both police and firefighters. The space offers classrooms, a computer lab and offices. While both police and fire have held their own training classes in the past, space was severely limited.
They had just one classroom for both departments which lead to scheduling issues. The new space allows for up to three classes at once. On site computers mean those working on a degree program have a designated space to study. Potential employees will have a place to work on the application process.
"This was available for us and so we felt this was a good thing to go ahead and get moving on this project. Start utilizing the training rooms, for not only the Joplin Police Department and Joplin Fire Department, but also to make some training available to surrounding agencies," said Lt. Matt Stewart, Joplin Police Department.
The site is only temporary and work is underway on a more permanent space across the highway. Those plans were delayed when the city used the property for the FEMA temporary housing units following the 2011 tornado.
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