When Laddin Gillespie gives a tour of the new, state-of-the-art fire training center under construction in north Plano on McDermott Road, he does so with the excitement of a someone getting ready to open a big gift on Christmas morning.

But, like the rest of the fire and rescue department, Gillespie has to wait a little longer to rip off the packaging on the new Plano Fire-Rescue Training Center, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2022. Funding for the project, $14.8 million total, came from the 2017 bond approved by voters. 

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An outside look of the administration building of the new Plano Fire-Rescue Training Center.

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Inside the fire station and apparatus bay building.

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The new training station and apparatus bay.

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The multi-family training unit is under the shadow of the six-story training tower.

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Construction continues on the new Plano Fire-Rescue Training Center, located at the intersection of McDermott and Robinson roads in north Plano.

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A burner unit shaped like a twin bed in one of the apartments in the multi-family training building.

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The technical rescue training facility will allow firefighters to train for building collapse and other unique rescue situations.

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Inside the technical rescue training building, there are several culverts that will allow rescue members to train in working through tight spaces.

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The six-story tower building will allow firefighters and rescue personnel to train through various scenarios, including apartment floors, offices and even a basement flood.

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This office space will allow firefighters to train working through cubicles.

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The single family house training building

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Inside the single family home training building.

Rick Rogers is the president & publisher of Star Local Media and its 14 print and digital local media publications. Email him at rrogers@starlocalmedia.com.

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