The mayors of McKinney and Allen will join other officials from throughout Collin County, along with members of the Collin College board of trustees and District President Neil Matkin to break ground on the Collin College Public Safety Training Center. When completed, the state-of-the-art facility will be the home to the college’s fire science and law enforcement academies and a premier training destination for area police and fire departments.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 7 at 3600 Redbud Blvd in McKinney, Texas.

Collin College partnered with the cities of McKinney and Allen on this facility, which will provide more and better training opportunities for academy cadets and active emergency services personnel from around Collin County.

The 25-acre Public Safety Training Center site will feature multiple police, fire and rescue training areas, including two multistory burn buildings and a “simulation village” for scenario-based police training. The facility will comprise four buildings, with nine classrooms, three shooting ranges and a pavilion for outside activities.

The center’s development will allow local police and fire departments to train on unique equipment within the county, saving money on travel expenses and keeping that personnel closer to home in case of an emergency.

Officials from Collin College, the city of McKinney, the city of Allen and other surrounding municipalities will ceremonially break ground.

Guest parking is located at the former UPS McKinney Hub at 3000 Redbud Blvd. From the parking lot, guests will be shuttled to the construction site. The final shuttle bus will leave the parking lot at 8:50 a.m.