ACC to break ground on Hays first responder facilities

A first responder center at Hays Campus comprises two buildings and a emergency vehicles operations track on 19 acres. Renderings courtesy Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects.


Construction is set to begin on a new first responder center at Austin Community College’s Hays Campus that will prepare students for critical jobs in law enforcement and emergency medical services.

The college will host a ceremonial groundbreaking for the project from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the campus.

RSVP to attend the Hays phase 2 groundbreaking.

“As the region’s primary trainer of first responders, ACC plays an essential role in keeping our communities safe and healthy,” says ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes. “These new facilities will expand our ability to provide the advanced training the area depends on.”

When the first responder center is completed by summer 2018, it will include:

  • A 50-yard tactical indoor firing range that can be used for target shooting or to stage emergency scenarios.
  • A 19-acre emergency vehicle operation training track that can accommodate speeds up to 60 miles per hour.
  • Simunitions training space for police SWAT-type exercises.
  • Specially-outfitted tiered classrooms for training emergency management technicians and others in emergency management operations.

The facilities will benefit students in criminal justice and emergency medical services programs who often must travel to tactical training centers in other communities to take required skills tests for certifications. The center also will be a resource for local agencies seeking continuing education and re-certification.

Hays Campus phase 2 is one of several ongoing college capital improvement projects. Follow its progress and that of other projects on the ACC Bond Projects website.

Hays first responder rendering.

The first responder center and track will be south of existing campus buildings.

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