Facilities and Simulations

The Public Safety Tactical Center provides training for Police and Corrections Officers, Firefighters, EMT's Paramedics and other specialists. The facility offers high-tech tools and scenario-based training to help participants:

  • Make appropriate decisions in life-threatening situations
  • Coordinate their local public safety assets for maximum effectiveness
Firefighting students enter the burn tower

Burn Tower

The Public Safety Tactical Complex includes a realistic burn tower which allows firefighters to practice cutting open a roof, conducting search-and-rescue in heavy smoke, and even rappelling down a three-story shaft in full turnout gear—all in temperatures over 700 degrees Fahrenheit.

Law Enforcement Students enter through the upper level of the tactical house

Tactical House

NWTC’s Tactical House is the only community-owned facility in the Midwest that unites all facets of corrections, EMS, fire, law enforcement, military and public safety into one education and training complex.

The Tactical House features fully moveable walls and doors and other interior design features, to create ever-changing opportunities for cover —and for hidden danger. This helps the Tactical Training Facility replicate the high stress and uncertainty of real-world public safety challenges.

Officers practice for a variety of real-world situations, ranging from drug busts and hostage situations to active shooters.

Features include:

  • Movable interior walls and furnishings so that participants will always face an unfamiliar environment inside the complex. The interior size is approximately 9000 square feet of training space on three levels which allows for many training sessions to be simultaneously occurring.
  • 22 cameras which can be placed at 40 vantage points (depending on the scenario) to record student actions for observation and later review. This also allows for immediate critique during the training day as students not involved with the scenario can observe in real time within the classroom.
  • Individual Taser Axon video headset recording systems allow the trainee to record their entire training session for post training review and report writing.
  • A fully-functional arrest intake facility, complete with Digital Imaging Fingerprint System, to allow learners to replicate the entire arrest process.
  • A fully operational Sally port with garage door opener and firearm lock boxes.
  • A diverse selection of safety equipment to allow for all levels of Force on Force training scenarios and isolation exercises.
  • Weapon systems for marking cartridge training which includes both handgun and long gun options.
  • Interior and exterior staircases of unique stair counts and corridor width variances and platforms.
  • NWTC provides training designed exclusively to help security managers and associates meet the growing challenges facing the security industry today.

Corrections Training

The basement of the Tactical House is a fully-equipped four-pod jail facility. There, new and experienced corrections officers will learn the newest and best practices in booking, emergency response and maintenance of inmates.

It is one of the few facilities in the world that replicates the entire control process — from the beginning of the call (approach), through its resolutions (interventions), to jail (follow-through protocol) if necessary.

firefighting students train inside the flashover simulator

Flashover Simulator

Each year firefighters die or are severely burned when caught in the rapidly deteriorating fire conditions of flashover. In many of these cases, the firefighter does not recognize or understand the warning signs or has underestimated the environment and the dangers.

Flashover training provides the student with the knowledge and experience required to evaluate conditions, recognize the potential for and warning signs of flashover, and delay or prevent its occurrence.

Forcible Entry Structure

Forcible Entry Structure

Live fire exercises continually develop officers’ skills by allowing them to use their own weapon systems while moving through the scenario or reactive target system in the facility. Each officer enters rooms and areas of the structure and must make split-second decisions on whether to shoot or not shoot. The live fire training helps develop the skills necessary to build teamwork and allows officers to evaluate tactics that are crucial for success during life-threatening situations.

The tactical training center allows officers to train for individual or small group tactics as well as individual and small group movement techniques and integration with 
special teams. 

Live Shooting simulator

Conventional and Multimedia Live Fire Simulation Range

A vital national resource designed for hometown training

The College’s Range 3000 trains officers to de-escalate high-stress confrontations and determine with split-second timing when deadly force is required. Officers use their service weapons and live ammunition.