First Responders Center

Fresno, CA

Project Overview

Hybrid design supports real-life learning in first-class training facility.

The First Responders Center brings together fire, police and EMT academies on a single site at Fresno City College. AMS partnered with State Center CCD and SIM-PBK Architects to create the state-of-the-art facility—the first of its kind in California—delivering 23 unique learning spaces in ten modular buildings custom-designed to mix classroom learning with a variety of tech-enabled training methods. Separate fire and police campuses—divided by a shared site-built lobby and conference area—support program-specific curriculums with simulation spaces that immerse cadets in 3D environments replicating real-life emergency situations. Indoor/outdoor areas adjoin site-built fire training structures, a scenario village for police training, a jail/evidence room and shooting and hostage training areas. The campus will also be used as a training/conference center for advanced training with all state and regional police and fire departments. 

  • Hybrid design optimizes modular economies of scale with stick-built aesthetics
  • Advanced tech integration facilitates experiential learning via VR simulation 
  • Specialty spaces include fitness center, locker rooms and firehouse kitchen
State Center Community College District
44,672 SF
10 fully-custom modular buildings
23 learning and training spaces
Completed Fall 2023