News: New state-of-the-art emergency training facilities at Camp Ripley
Story by 1st Lt. Blake St. Sauver
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - 2012 has been a major year for upgrades within the gates of Camp Ripley with over $23 million in projects being executed and more coming in the future.
Some of the new additions to Camp Ripley include:
The Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) is a 4.3 mile driving track that allows users to safely perform high speed driving maneuvers, in a controlled environment, on multiple types of surfaces, roadways, and road conditions. Operated by the Minnesota State Patrol, the EVOC will provide to Law Enforcement Officers an environment that will adapt to their specific needs according to Minnesota State Patrol Lieutenant Adam Fulton.
The Combined Arms Collective Training Facility is a 26 building urban operations complex that is adaptable to the requirements of military, police and tactical units. Equipped with infrared cameras and digital recording services a training unit can record, document, and playback scenarios to help measure tactical and technical proficiency. “The facility is also equipped with sound and smell generators that push realism of training to the next level,” said Camp Ripley Operations Officer Maj. Keith Ferdon.
The Emergency Management Training Center (EMTC) is a state-of-the-art training facility that allows law enforcement, first responders, city managers and disaster response personnel to train in a collective environment. Scenarios utilizing the mock city environment of the Combined Arms Training Facility brings training for natural disasters to a new level. The EMTC is a 17,385 square foot facility that cost $4.2 million and opened in the spring of 2012.
If your organization is interested in any of the above listed training facilities, or looking for an area to conduct small arms training, look no further than Camp Ripley. Conveniently located in Central Minnesota, Camp Ripley can provide the utmost in training facilities. To learn more about Camp Ripley contact Mr. Jim Krousey at 320-616-2708 or visit the Minnesota National Guard website at: www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org.