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Project Manager
Elgin Community College
Paul Dawson, Managing Director of Construction Projects
Tel: 847-214-7364

Construction Manager
Shales McNutt Construction
John Shales
425 Renner Drive
Elgin, IL 60123
Tel: 847-622-1214

DLA Architects
Bill Templin
Two Pierce Place, Suite 1300
Itasca, IL 60143
Tel: 847-742-4063 ext. 125

Elgin Community College Center for Emergency Services

Made possible by the community’s vote to support the April 2009 bond referendum, the Elgin Community College Center for Emergency Services (previously referred to as the Public Safety Training Center) will be located on a 120-acre property located at 815 East Plank Road in Burlington, Illinois. When open and operational, the facility will offer essential resources to students and community members, most notably education for current and future first responders. Courses will be added in phases, starting in 2016.


Core to the facility is an academic building that includes classrooms dedicated to:

  • Public safety communications.
  • Emergency medical technician - basic.
  • Fire science courses – all approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshall.
  • Emergency Operations Center lab for police and firefighters.
  • Driving simulation lab for police and firefighters.
  • Flexible room designs and furnishings to meet multiple types of training and education.

The site also includes an apparatus building, with the following planned features:

  • Design, layout, and equipment that simulates a professional fire house.
  • Two equipment bays for training on fire and police equipment and on-site fire engine and ambulance storage.
  • Functional ambulance for use as a mobile, tactical training environment.
  • Digital forensics lab for ongoing law enforcement investigations.
  • Fitness center designed for physical training needs unique to professionals in firefighting, law enforcement, and emergency services.

A three-story burn tower includes:

  • Moveable walls to allow live firefighting simulation.

Additional features at the location include:

  • A 139,400 square -foot driving pad which includes a 28,200 square-foot skid pad that allows students in law enforcement and emergency services to develop their driving skills.
  • A pond dedicated to law enforcement search-and-rescue training.
  • A drafting pond that will provide water for firefighter training.

Timeline and Contact Information

Site work began in 2014 and was substantially completed in late 2015. The anticipated start date for initial course offerings is spring 2016. This page will be updated as new offerings are confirmed.

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