Local dignitaries, including Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette Guajardo (center), dug into the mud at a site on Saratoga Boulevard that was being prepared for the construction of the National First Aid Training Complex. The groundbreaking ceremony was May 13th. Courtesy photo
Construction of the National First Responder Training Complex on Saratoga Boulevard in Corpus Christi began with a symbolic turn of dirt through a golden shovel. The $ 5.4 million complex will attract trainees from across the nation for police, fire, rescue, and maritime services.
The complex’s business partners and investors, Bryan Gulley and Reynaldo Rabagos, are co-owners Texas EMSA Emergency Services and Texas EMS Academy at 5262 Staples St.
“We have completely outgrown our space and need to take it to the next level,” said Gulley, who is also commissioner for Port Corpus Christi. “We currently have a waiting list of 600 or 700 students.”
The facility will offer more than 20 courses and in the first phase will include a training building and a fire protection tower, which should be completed by early 2022. A fire school course for industrial plants is planned for the second phase.
The location between The Cattery Cat Shelter and the intersection of County Road 35 on Saratoga Boulevard will also be the new home of the Texas EMS Academy and TEMSA Emergency Services. The new complex will also offer a job placement service. “We have so many options in this area that I think it will put Corpus on the map,” Rabagos said at the groundbreaking ceremony on May 13th.
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