Regional Simulation House Groundbreaking Ceremony

For Immediate Release Contact:                                                                                                                                                                                  Ashley Lara 541-274-9307

Date: January 15, 2016

Regional Simulation House Groundbreaking Ceremony

On January 15, 2016 Fire District 3 will ceremoniously break ground on the highly anticipated regional simulation house. The ceremony will be held at the White City Training Center at 9:30 a.m., located at 8383 Agate Road.

“This project will add capacity to the regional training center and benefit all public safety partners in the Rogue Valley” said Division Chief Dave Blakely. “This project also offers training diversity in all public safety disciplines and will enhance the service delivery to our patrons in Jackson and Josephine counties.”

Dan Petersen, Fire Chief of Fire District 3 will speak alongside representatives from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, Central Point Police Department, Medford Fire-Rescue, Avista Utilities, and Rogue Community College.

The regional simulation house provides a controlled environment and a realistic training approach for many disciplines including fire, first responders, higher education, utilities, and law enforcement. Having the ability to simulate residential surroundings in a safe and controlled environment is paramount to public safety personnel.

The new, 2-story, 4000 square-foot regional simulation house will feature:

  • Movable interior wall panels;
  • Simulated heat and smoke;
  • Attic and crawl spaces;
  • And has an attached garage to be used as a classroom and storage area.
  • This project was made possible through a $250,000 grant provided by the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshals and the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training; S& B James Construction was awarded the contract for the project in October of 2015.