Two houses donated to Colonie for fire and police training

The police department will have to build into its budget how to replace the items, Heider said, and he admitted the more it is used things will be broken. Still, he said this will be a huge benefit for public safety departments, as this facility will be opened up to the Capital District, as well as the state.

Supervisor Paula Mahan said this will be used as a revenue generator for the town as the Albany County District Attorney's office will be able to send its people there for training.

"The goal for this is it to become a premier training facility that we can invite people from other parts of the state and other parts of the nation to come and use this facility for training," she said. "Through that we can generate revenue. But it does provide excellent training for our staff and our own volunteers, which is our first priority."

Lattanzio said he is looking to make a facility an all inclusive one where the fire department, EMS, code enforcement and the police department can use it for training.

This sort of facility would be unique to Upstate New York, Lattanzio said, and to his knowledge, in the state. There is still a vacant corner where he said he would like to put up something that is a commercial building for a warehouse scenario so he could make sure all the bases are covered. Because the main mission of having this facility is to ensure both firefighters and police officers are well-prepared.

"We want to make sure everyone who walks out the door in the morning comes home in the afternoon," he said.""

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