Rick C. Mathews, Director
Lori Percle, Assistant Director
February 3, 2014
The New York State Preparedness Training Center (SPTC) is scheduled to complete construction on its state-of-the-art CityScape this September. This complex will add 23 venues to the already diverse training environments across the SPTC's 723 acre campus. The National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP) and the SPTC continue to develop high-end, functionally-integrated scenario-based training programs that will incorporate this complex and provide first responders with cutting-edge and in-time courses in a realistic and environmentally accurate setting. The training opportunities the CityScape affords will reinforce the NCSP/SPTC's position at the top of the spectrum for training across the country.
–Cyndi Mellen, Training & Project Management Section Chief
The CityScape construction commenced in January of 2013 after several years of conceptualization, design, and development that encompassed input from nationally recognized subject matter experts, public officials, first responders, architects, and engineers. The facility is nearly an acre, fully covered, and replicates a life-size urban setting. On the exterior, the CityScape simulates a city block with curb cuts, streets, sidewalks, traffic lights, store fronts, and entrances into a myriad of venues including a school, pharmacy and post office.
The facility also boasts state-of-the-art technology that enables instructional teams to introduce environmental effects that create realistic conditions and feedback year-round. Some of these features include advanced lighting and temperature controls, systems that provide the ability to inject smoke and sound, and over 200 cameras that can monitor and provide real-time feedback for instructional teams and students alike. These systems are all operated from a centralized control room.
The venues that comprise the CityScape are designed specifically to support scenario based training. Each venue will maintain appropriate props such as furniture and retail products to simulate real-life scenarios and the architecture is designed to withstand the continued use of Simunition® weapons systems, explosive simulants, vehicle traffic, and relevant equipment employed across first responder disciplines.
The SPTC already boasts a series of state-of-the art venues including smart-classrooms, a Shoot House Complex ("Bob's House"), Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, Post-Disaster ("The Village") and residential Trailer Parks ("The Estates") , an Explosives Range ("Boom Town"); a Field Operations Building that incorporates Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement garages, and a Simulated Emergency Department; as well as span of rural land that entails campgrounds, trails, and venues for woodland training.
–Lori Percle, Assistant Director NCSP
The CityScape's 23 venues compliment the NCSP's and SPTC's many capabilities to facilitate world-class scenario-based training including a professional role player program and robust SimCell operations. Collectively, these capabilities enable students to experience a realistic training environment unlike any other in the country, from dispatch to incident completion.