Fresno City College’s new First Responders Academy will be located on 42 acres on the corner of North and Willow at 3276 E. North Avenue.
State-of-the-art facilities are planned for training future police, fire and emergency medical technicians including a ‘scenario village’ for realistic training.
Fresno Fire Chief Kerri Donis says Fresno City College trains great firefighters.”Our last recruitment really specifically targeted the top four fire academies in the state, Fresno city College being one of them.”
The new campus could double the number of graduates.
State Center Community College District Chancellor Paul Parnell says it’s something a long-time coming. “We produce the best people out of fire and the best people out of police training in the state or maybe in the country. We do a great job and some of our staff and faculty is here. I’m so proud of them but they’re in terrible facilities. That’s not going to last. We’re going to do something about that. This acquisition of that land is going to do that.”
Measure C passed in 2016, providing the District a 485 million dollar facilities bond.
Fresno City College President Carole Goldsmith says, “We’ve had this program for more than 50 years, both for police and fire, Sheriff’s Department, EMT, paramedic, first responder, we’re looking at hazmat as well, and we’re excited because now we’ll be able to have a training facility that really meets the needs of these hard working professionals.”
The official land transfer will come after a 60 day due diligence, then a 30 day escrow. It may be a year or longer before groundbreaking.