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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we need an Arctic PSTI?
In the wake of 9/11, local law enforcement agencies must now provide technologically advanced training to ensure the public’s safety.  In 2004, new goals for better public safety coordination spurred the formation of a regional Coalition of local, state, federal, and private first responder agencies.  An intensive survey of local training needs was conducted.  The information below is a brief summary of training needs.

• 718,052 training hours were required for all local Coalition Agencies to meet national standards in 2006.
• Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) currently trains 236,895 man hours a year.
• AFD is projected to grow by 14% in five years.
• Anchorage Police Department (APD) currently trains 325,792 man hours a year.
• APD is projected to grow by 15% in two years based on enhanced recruiting efforts.
The survey also revealed current shortfalls of training facilities.
• AFD Airport Heights Training Center is outdated and must be replaced.
• APD Dimond Training Center is no longer adequate and must be renovated.
• No dedicated outdoor range training facility exists in South Central Alaska.
• No emergency vehicle operator course (EVOC) exists in South Central Alaska.
• No live-burn fire training facilities exist in South Central Alaska.
• Inadequate training props for all hazards response training in South Central Alaska.
In response to these needs, the Coalition identified cooperative solutions.
• Regional Training Campus
        -Classrooms
        -Adequate training props for all hazards response
• Outdoor Range Training Complex
        -4 outdoor ranges & tactical training
• JBEAR Facilities
        -Emergency vehicle operator course (EVOC)
        -Live-burn fire training facilities

The Coalition created a business plan to operate and maintain these facilities. Now, each leading entity is developing their portion of the Arctic PSTI.

What is the Arctic PSTI?
The Arctic Public Safety Training Institute is a proposed multi-campus network that will provide needed training facilities for South Central Alaska Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Law Enforcement personnel, so that local public safety agencies can train together, practice coordination, and keep South Central Alaska safe.

• A new fire/EMS training facility would replace the Anchorage Fire Department’s existing outdated facility. Training props would enable Coalition agency training for “all hazards response”. This component is led by the Anchorage Fire Department.

• An emergency vehicle operator course (EVOC) would be constructed for the first time in the region. Vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of first responder deaths. The EVOC component is led by Joint Base Elmendorf and Fort Richardson (JBEAR).

• A dedicated outdoor range training complex would allow law enforcement personnel to train safely on a regular basis in a dedicated facility, providing primary access for the first time ever to the Anchorage Police Department. This component is led by Anchorage Police Department.

• The Dimond police training center would be renovated. This component is led by Anchorage Police Department.

Who makes up the Arctic PSTI Coalition?

PUBLIC SECTOR
Alaska State Troopers
Local

Anchorage Fire Department
Anchorage Police Department
Palmer Police Department
State
Department of Public Safety, State Troopers
Anchorage Intl Airport Police and Fire
Department of Corrections
Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
UAA Police Department
176th Security Forces Squadron (Kulis)
Alaska State Troopers
Federal
Federal Bureau of Investigations
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
United States Attorney’s Office
United States Marshals Service
Department of Homeland Security

What has happened on the Arctic PSTI so far?
The Arctic PSTI project is a multi-year multi-phase project intended to address the training needs of Anchorage and South-central Alaska’s first responders. The major phases of the project include: needs assessment; business plan; architectural space program; conceptual site plan and cost estimates; financing plan; site selection; facility design (three phases) and construction administration (three phases). In 2006 and early 2007, efforts focused on the needs assessment, business plan, architectural space plan, conceptual site plan, cost estimates and the financing plan.

This work has been conducted by a consultant team led by RISE Alaska with ECI/Hyer (an Anchorage architecture firm), CRW Engineering (an Anchorage engineering firm), RDG, Inc (a national expert on public safety training centers), and Interact Business Group (a national expert on training center business plans).

General Questions

Outdoor Range Training Complex Site Selection Questions

What happens next?
At this time, site selection process for the Outdoor Range Training Complex sites is underway.  The Outdoor Range Training Complex site selection is just beginning.  The EVOC site is on military lands and is selected.  The Fire Training Center will be reconstructed at the Airport Heights location.  The Dimond Police Training Center will be renovated as the final phase of the project.  After sites are selected and funding for each project is secured, each component will be designed and built.

How will the Arctic PSTI be funded?
The Arctic PSTI will be funded through federal, state and municipal funds.

How will an Outdoor Range Training Complex site be chosen?
The Outdoor Range Training Complex site selection process includes both the technical evaluation of sites and public input on sites. This process is conducted in accordance with Municipal Title 21.

• A Site Selection Working Group formed of three representatives from the Anchorage Police Department, the Municipal Planning Department and Municipal Project Management & Engineering Department, has been identified to guide the site selection process.

• Site selection will begin with solicitation of public and private lands that meet broad technical criteria such as feasible size and owner willingness to sell or lease (Level 1 criteria). Options to create a dedicated range on military land will also be explored.

• The Site Selection Working Group will review sites for feasibility against Level 1 criteria and eliminate non-feasible sites.

• A public meeting will be held to present the feasible sites and those eliminated to the public for their input.

• More technical data will be gathered on feasible sites to enable more detailed, Level 2 evaluation. Level 2 criteria are based on the technical requirements for the facility and the potential impacts the facility may have to the surrounding community. Public input will be collected and analyzed during this evaluation period.

• Taking into consideration public input and technical data, the Site Selection Working Group will identify a preferred site(s).

• A site selection report will be published documenting technical evaluation and public input.

• The preferred site will be presented to local jurisdictional boards including the Municipal Planning & Zoning Board for review and their recommendation.

• A final site will be agreed upon by local jurisdictional boards, Anchorage Police Department, and the Municipality of Anchorage.

What are the Outdoor Range Training Complex site selection criteria?

Level 1 Criteria

Site Information Gathered

Site Feasibility
Is the site feasible for the Outdoor Training Range Complex?

General topography
Testing site boundaries for facility footprint fit
Support of safe operations
General compatibility

Ownership
Are the owners of the site open to selling/leasing the site for the Outdoor Training Range Site?

Ownership
Owner willingness to sell/lease

Municipality of Anchorage Boundaries

Site located within Municipal boundaries

   

Level 2 Criteria

Site Information Gathered

Site Feasibility
Is the site feasible for the Outdoor Training Range Complex?

Clear title to site
Owner willingness to sell/lease
Physical characteristicsOperational safetySize
Compatibility with adjacent uses
Compatibility with adopted plans & zoning

Environmental/Geotechnical
What are the environmental/geotechnical implications of developing the Outdoor Training Range Complex on this site?

Phase I environmental evaluation
Wetlands
Subsurface investigation
Archaeological/Historic sites

Development Cost
What will it cost to develop this site to support the Outdoor Training Range Complex?

Access costs
Utilities costs
Preparation costs
Mitigation costs

Operational Cost
What will it cost to operate the Outdoor Training Range Complex at this site?

Distance from APD and other agency headquarters
Facility operations

Public Input
What additional information does the public know about the proposed sites?What criteria does the public think are most important to site this facility?How does the public think locating the Outdoor Training Range Complex at proposed sites will impact their community?

Additional information to supplement technical criteria
Importance of technical criteria
Impact upon local community
Any other comments received

Who plays a role in site selection for the Outdoor Range Training Complex?

Public
The public has a consulting role in selecting a site for this project.  The public’s role is to provide ideas, information and feedback on feasible sites, the eventual preferred site, and decisions made.

The Site Selection Working Group and project team promises to keep the public informed, listen to and acknowledge concerns, and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision.

Site Selection Working Group
The Site Selection Working Group will guide the site selection process. The Site Selection Working Group is formed of three representatives from the Anchorage Police Department, the Municipal Planning Department and Municipal Project Management & Engineering Department. They will eliminate sites based on Level 1 and Level 2 criteria and public input, and recommend one or more preferred site(s).

Anchorage Police Department
The Anchorage Police Department is the primary user and sponsor of the Outdoor Training Range Complex. They have a decision-making role in the project.

Municipality of Anchorage
The Municipality of Anchorage has a decision-making role in the project since the facility will be constructed within municipal boundaries, will use public funds, and will be owned and operated by the Municipality of Anchorage.

Arctic PSTI Coalition
The Coalition is an advisory group. Many partner agencies will use the Outdoor Range Training Complex when it is complete.

Jurisdictional Boards
Local jurisdictional boards will review the site selection and make a recommendation.

Project Team
The project team researches technical data, provides technical analysis, conducts the public process, and writes the final report. The project team has no decision-making role on the project.

The project team is made up of RISE Alaska (local project manager), CRW Engineering (local engineer) and ECI/Hyer Inc. (local architect).

How can I comment?
To comment on the Outdoor Training Range site selection, please visit our comment page.

General Questions

Outdoor Range Training Complex Site Selection Questions

Military (Active)
JBEAR (Joint Base Elmendorf and Fort Richardson)
3rd Security Forces Squadron (Elmendorf)
United States Coast Guard (MSO)
United States Coast Guard (MSST)
ALCOM
NON-PROFIT SECTOR
American Red Cross - Alaska
Southern Region EMS Council
SUPPORTING AGENCIES
NIJ NLECTC-NW
UAA Justice Center
Alaska Fire Chiefs Association
Alaska Peace Officers Association

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