RANCHO CUCAMONGA--The Rancho Cucamonga Fire District has begun the process to find architectural services for a new training center for Jersey Station, just southwest of Milliken and Jersey avenues.

The Fire District is preparing to issue a request for proposal from area firms. The services are budgeted at $500,000 for fiscal year 2012-2013. Additional costs have yet to be determined.

Cost figures for the architectural services will be rolled into next year's budget, with planning anticipated to begin in the next fiscal year, Bell said.

Preliminary ideas for design features of the training center include a five-story high tower, and several adjoining structures called "annexes" to simulate other architectural features firefighters may encounter in the field, said Deputy Chief Don Cloughsey, who manages fire fighter training.

A conservative estimate for completion of the structure may be about five years from now, Bell said.

"We would like it to be open no later than 2017 or 2018, that would be our goal," Chief Bell said. Jersey station currently has a training area, utilizing "sets" and props made out of large shipping containers to simulate various fire and emergency scenarios.

Plans for a more permanent structure, utilizing architecturally planned features to better simulate actual architectural features and environments, have long been in the works. A training center was part of original plans for the station, which were drawn up in 1989. Jersey station was completed in 1992, but without a training center.


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The existing training area, behind the main building of Jersey station, has been in place since the mid-2000s.

Other plans include new classrooms, and a new emergency operating center that the fire department can use in a major emergency, and can serve as a back up emergency operating center to the one located at city hall.

The fire station opened a new fire station on Hellman Avenue last year at a cost of about $4 million.

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