SUWANEE, Ga.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--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.
“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.”
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.”
About Meggitt Training Systems
Meggitt Training Systems, makers of FATS® and Caswell technologies, a division of Meggitt PLC, is the leading supplier of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems, unmanned land and sea vehicles, aerial targets and electronic scoring systems. Following the acquisition of FATS virtual training systems and Caswell International's live-fire ranges and services, Meggitt Training Systems has continued to grow its capabilities based on the legacy of these two industry leaders. Over 13,000 Meggitt live-fire ranges and 5,100 virtual systems are fielded internationally, providing judgmental, situational awareness and marksmanship training to the armed forces, law enforcement and security organizations.
Meggitt Training Systems employs more than 400 people at its headquarters in Atlanta and at facilities in Orlando, Canada, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, UAE, Australia and Singapore. It can deploy service personnel anywhere in the world for instructor training, system installation and maintenance.
About Meggitt PLC
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Meggitt PLC is an international group operating in North America, Europe and Asia. Known for its specialized extreme environment engineering, Meggitt is a world leader in aerospace, defense and energy, employing nearly 11,000 people at more than 40 manufacturing facilities and regional offices worldwide.