20 September 2022- A five year project for the county has borne fruit as the new Washington County Public Safety Training Center holds its ribbon cutting and open house on Tuesday. Located at 18350 Public Safety Place, the training center is right off the Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagerstown. 48.9 acers in size, the building looks to be the center of public safety in the county for years to come.

The space looks to be utilized by police, fire, and EMS as they continue along all avenues of public safety. The 35,000 square foot building at the center of the property boasts numerous classrooms, locker rooms, weight rooms, offices, and a multipurpose room to better serve the community.

Not in place now is the Tactical Village, which is the last major portion of the facility to be built. That facility will allow firefighters to train on controlled burns, extraction, and more. EMS and police personnel will be able to practice active shooter, domestic violence, or even traffic stop situations. Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore stressed the need for training between all departments on building collapse and active shooter events, which have both impacted the TriState Area in the last few months alone.

While not completely built, the complex looks to help not only train first responders for years to come, but allow them all work together as a team. Building relationships was stressed by all speakers at the ribbon cutting, whether that’s from police, fire, EMS, or any other group. Pictures of the facility are below.