ECC Center for Emergency Services

ECC Center for Emergency Services

Info Session and Open House on Saturday, October 15, 2022

  • Information Session

    For those interested in a career as a first responder.

    Time: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Registration Required

    Join us for informational presentations on the first-responder programs offered at the ECC Center for Emergency Services. Advisors will be on-hand to help you explore degrees in emergency services and careers in public safety. Ask questions at a Q&A session and then take a tour of our facilities across the 120-acre property, including:

    • See what it’s like to drive a fire engine or police car with our emergency vehicle driving simulators.
    • See our Incident Command Center classroom and table-top emergency model city.
    • Learn more about our rescue boat operations for search and rescue training.
    • Visit the training area for emergency driving skills practice.
    • Walk through the fire station building that is home to Engine 1, Truck 1, and ATV 1.
    • Watch live fire scenarios at our four-story firefighting training tower.
  • Open House

    A free community open house event for the whole family.

    Time: 12 to 3 p.m.

    Sit in the seat of a fire engine and or patrol car. Plus, the big trucks and equipment from local municipalities will be on-hand for a real touch-a-truck experience for all ages. Don’t miss the LifeNet Helicopter when it lands at the facility at 2 p.m. and take a tour inside.

    • Enjoy demonstrations of fire, police, and paramedic equipment.
    • Explore the vehicles and technology used by these public safety professionals.
    • Meet local firefighters, police officers, and paramedics.
    • Watch a LifeNet Helicopter land and take a look inside.
    • Enjoy free ECC giveaways.


First envisioned as part of the campus master plan funded by the April 2009 bond referendum, the Elgin Community College Center for Emergency Services offers essential resources to students and community members, most notably education opportunities for current and future first responders. Classes began at the center in spring 2016. Equipment, facility features, and opportunities for training have been introduced in phases and will continue to evolve thanks to the involvement and feedback from ECC’s local community of first responder professionals.

Campus Features

Core to the 120-acre property is an academic building (Building BA) with dedicated classrooms for public safety communications, emergency medical services, criminal justice, and fire science. Classes in fire science were the first courses held at the center when it opened for instruction in late spring 2016. Courses and training options in other emergency service areas are being added.

The site also includes an apparatus building (Building BB), which features two bays for training on police and fire equipment and fire truck storage. A three-story burn tower (Building BD) can simulate residential and commercial fires. Additionally, there are two ponds, one to provide water for firefighter training and another that could be used for other training needs.

Additional Features

  • Two emergency vehicle driving simulators—one for police, one for fire—allow students and professionals to sharpen their driving techniques. Simulators prevent wear and tear on actual equipment while also allowing trainees to practice driving in hazardous conditions.
  • The classroom functions as an emergency operations center, in which students and trainees rehearse incident management and control. It is also the temporary home for a table-top model city, a useful incident management training resource for students and practitioners.
  • The property offers a 139,400 square-foot driving pad which includes a 28,200 square-foot skidpad that allows trainees in law enforcement and emergency services to develop their driving skills.
  • The forensics lab is for actual law enforcement investigations, including a digital access control system that records the information of anyone who logs in to access evidence files.
  • With a semi-padded floor, the defensive tactics room provides a place for tactical training.
  • The apparatus bay is a two-bay garage for emergency vehicles that serve as realistic, live learning environments. Currently, this includes an ambulance and two fire trucks.