(Photo via Gilbert Town Hall Facebook)
Alison Steinbach | Arizona Republic
Gilbert police officers practice target shooting as paramedics down the hall hone their medical skills and, in another room, firefighters from 11 regional departments learn about natural gas emergencies.
Outside, firefighters suit up and practice attacking a fire high up in a mock apartment high-rise building, while nearby, firefighter recruits learn how to attach and use fire hoses.
All this happened on a recent morning at Gilbert’s new public safety training facility, a 50-acre complex near Power and Pecos roads in the area of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport that opened in late February.
A town spokesperson said the training facility came in “within the original budget of $85 million.”
Gilbert voters in 2018 approved $65 million in bonds for construction, with the remaining portion paid for mostly with money from the sale of town-owned land.