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Construction begins on a new police and fire training facility

Mar 2 – City officials and engineers met last week to work on financing and civil engineering and also “tweak a few things” on plans for a $20 million regional fire and police training complex, a first of its kind in the northeastern Oklahoma.

Claremore Police Chief Steve Cox, who handled the plans, said work would begin on Phase I on March 1. One of the city’s project partners, Grand River Dam Authority, began moving its large waste-handling equipment and machinery to the site to the north. of Claremore in preparation for extensive dirt and road works.

The new training facility will be built on the old city landfill, owned by the city. It is located between Highway 66 and County Road 4180. Part of the property will be used for other city purposes, possibly including a waste transfer station.

Cox said the overarching goal is to build a fire and police training facility that will bring together individuals from agencies from the tri-county area and beyond.

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“The idea is if we can train together, we can be better together,” Cox said.

He said more than 40 agencies once trained at the city’s outdoor shooting range.

Phase I will cost about $7 million and involves moving massive amounts of dirt — about 8,000 dump truck loads — to the construction site. GRDA is the partner that makes that possible. When completed, this will convert the property into a suitable construction site, where a multi-user 360-degree shooting range, a multi-user shooting range and space for a large indoor training facility will be built.

Phase I is expected to be completed sometime in 2026.

Rogers County commissioners provided a one-time $1 million American Rescue Plan Act grant for the project, valued at $1.2 million from the City of Claremore. While funding for the entire project has yet to be identified, Cox said Rogers County has been an “important ally.”

Phase II calls for the construction of a large concrete area for training exercises for firefighters and possibly even driver training and certification courses for fire trucks, school buses and other large trucks and commercial vehicles.

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