Real World Scenarios
Fire burns new life into Maple Grove Police Department range
A fire is usually never a good thing, but what comes out of it can be. After a fire consumed its building more than two years ago, Maple Grove Police Department in Maple Grove, Minnesota has a new simulation and live fire range training complex.
Meggitt Training Systems worked with the Maple Grove Police Department to completely redesign and rebuild the facility with state-of-the-art training systems and equipment. In addition to the live fire range, new classrooms allow the department to conduct medical exercises, defensive tactics, and firearms training.
"The Meggitt bullet trap is a rock star down there," said John Peterson, Range Coordinator for Maple Grove Police Department. "We are extremely pleased with the new facility. The ease of maintenance is wonderful. We no longer have to shut down the range for four days of maintenance or to replace carrier cables that have been shot out. It's amazing."
Jon Read, Director of Law Enforcement Live Fire for Meggitt Training Systems, said, "Today's law enforcement agencies are dealing with constant training and budgetary challenges. Certainly no one wants to deal with a fire, but Maple Grove was able to make the best of a bad situation and build a range that addressed these challenges. Building a range that offers live fire as well as virtual marksmanship and judgmental, use-of-force training gives agencies improved flexibility and long-term cost savings."
The live fire range runs 39 yards from shooting stall to bullet trap, with a running man target system that travels 60 feet left to right at 18 yards. Using Meggitt's LE 5000 Bullet Trap, Maple Grove is able to save on trap cleaning and even makes money off the recycled lead. The facility uses 100% fresh air, tempered to provide comfort to the shooter during training exercises.
"In the near future we hope to have Meggitt's FATS® L7 [virtual simulation system] installed and running in the new facility," said Peterson. "This will allow our officers to engage in simulated training and then bring that training onto the live fire range. They can get the entire experience in one day."
Real World Scenarios
Dublin PD, Meggitt Training Systems "bring the street to the range"
The goal for Dublin, OH Division of Police was to bring as much reality to firearms training as possible. Working with Meggitt Training Systems, manufacturer of FATS® and Caswell technologies, Dublin Division of Police now has the ability to integrate real-world training tools into its live fire training.
"Our new facility allows officers to train any time of day, any time of year, with any weapon system we currently utilize," said Officer Jake Stoll, firearms / D.T. Instructor Dublin Division of Police. "We now have a 180 degree "combat area" downrange which allows shooters to experience a more realistic situation compared to a traditional "lane style" shooting range.'
'Our philosophy is, 'bring the street to the range', meaning officers should train in the same conditions, with the same equipment, completing the tasks that replicate reality as closely as possible, while doing it safely. Officers who train in these conditions will perform at a higher level while completing their duties," Stoll added.
Jon Read, director of law enforcement live fire, Meggitt Training Systems said, "It has always been an evolving world out on the streets for law enforcement professionals. Obviously they are dealing with the usual crimes seen across communities, but with rapid-fire media, new technology and monetary challenges, law enforcement is having to think differently as well as creatively.'
'Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg, Cpl Tim Hosterman, Ofc. Jake Stoll and the rest of the team were great to partner with on this project. The team started the process with an open mind, which resulted in the design and development of a range that facilitates training as close to reality as possible. These are the types of projects we love to work on at Meggitt where officers have the opportunity to train on state of the art systems that better prepare them for the realities they might face on the street."
The newly renovated 41 foot x 75 foot rifle capable indoor firing range was designed by Meggitt and uses many of Meggitt's live fire products including the Range Master 10K computer system, Meggitt's XWT wireless target retrieval system, the GranTrap™ granulated rubber bullet trap, AR500 baffles, and also features expanded training capabilities including, LED dimmable lighting and light and sound simulation. Additionally, ballistic steel on the walls and Standard Rubber Paver (SRP) floor covering provides ballistic protection from errant rounds allowing Dublin officers to shoot "close combat style" down range. The addition of 2x4 melamine covered walls and a true door allowed additional opportunities for active training.
Meggitt worked closely with Dublin to design a range to fit the needs of the department and of the community. The observation area doubles as a classroom, complete with full audio/video capabilities. The range was introduced to the community in late May with a community open house.