(September 20, 2019) Frisco residents are celebrating the grand openings of two, new city facilities designed to help keep them safe and enhance training opportunities for first responders. Frisco’s Public Safety Training Center and Frisco Fire Station 9 were constructed for $15 million, which came from 2015 voter approved bonds.
The facilities sit adjacent on about 13 acres at 15151 Donnie Mayfield Way, west of Preston Road and Rockhill Parkway. This morning, Mayor Jeff Cheney and fellow City Council members, along with residents and first responders, attended a dedication ceremony. Tours and demonstrations followed.
“The safety of our residents, business owners and visitors is our number one priority,” said Mayor Jeff Cheney. “In fact, about half of our city budget is dedicated to public safety. That’s our commitment to provide the best tools and training for our police officers and firefighters. We want you to have you need to help keep our community safe. These new facilities will help you do that. We’re also grateful to our Frisco voters who recognized our need, trusted our recommendations and approved the bonds needed to build these state-of-the-art facilities.”
Frisco’s Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) features a four-story, 6,700 square foot ‘burn tower’. The west side of the tower looks like a typical Frisco home, inside and out. The other side of the tower resembles a commercial building. The building features smoke-free, environmentally friendly gas-fueled props – ready to simulate situations with a switch. The PSTC also has a vehicle extrication pad and a below ground, confined space where firefighters will learn how to rescue people from trenches. The tower’s four stories provide a place for high-angle rescue training.
“Because our city is growing in population and height, in terms of high-rise buildings, these training ‘props’ will help improve our firefighters’ skills whether they’re responding to fires, vehicle accidents or rescuing people injured in construction accidents,” said Chief Mark Piland, Frisco Fire Department. Today’s event is historic, and its impact will be seen in this department for many years to come.”
The training center also features a driving pad measuring 300’ X 600’ feet, twice the size of the ‘old’ driving pad at the Frisco Police Department. The larger pad will allow more officers to train simultaneously, honing their skills in ‘pursuit’ and driving backwards, an invaluable skill when responding to traffic incidents. The center’s additional classrooms will also enable Frisco police to host more self-contained trainings.
“I want to thank our voters for providing us this top-notch facility,” said Interim Chief Greg Ward, Frisco Police Department. “The Public Safety Training Center will help us be better prepared, which is what our residents expect from us. We won’t have to travel away as much for trainings, which saves time and money. This facility also promotes partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and even helps with recruiting.”
Frisco Fire Station 9 spans 14,000 square feet and is equipped with two full and one-half bays. Frisco Fire Station 9 has been responding to calls for help since May when it opened earlier this year.
Today’s ceremony also included the dedication of ‘Donnie Mayfield Way’. The City of Frisco presented the Mayfield family with a street sign bearing Mayfield’s name.
“This was his great love besides me and the kids,” said Gerry Mayfield. “The fire department was so important to him from 16 years old to 77. He was always thinking about the firefighters and he did want everyone to come home.”
Donnie Mayfield began serving as a volunteer firefighter in 1954 before becoming Fire Chief in 1967 through 1970. Mayfield even served two terms on the Frisco City Council during the seventies and eighties. In 1993, Mayfield was rehired as a building inspector before being promoted to Chief Building Official in 1999. He retired in 2014 and died the following year.