Proposition 2 asks voters whether to authorize the City of Plano to issue bonds for acquiring, constructing, improving and equipping public safety facilities, including police, fire, emergency medical and other facilities to protect the safety, health and welfare of the residents of the City. Plano Firefighters Hope for New Training Facility In May of 2017, Plano voters will see a ballot with a $15 million bond referendum for a new training facility for Plano Fire and Rescue. 28, 2016) More than half of the money - $15 million would be earmarked for the Plano Fire-Rescue Department and used to construct a fire training center. Plano does not have a training center that allows them to burn a building, according to Chief Sam Greif, which puts its 382 sworn firefighters at a distinct disadvantage. Teen Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting in Balch Springs Its obviously a big ask, but I think its a very needed ask, Chief Greif said about the bond. I was relatively shocked that we didnt already have a training center in Plano when I got here two years ago. Chief Greif said his firefighters currently do their mandatory fire training at a location in Richardson, after previously training in McKinney. Video DFR Paramedic Shot Treating Patient; Gunman, 2nd Person Dead The concern, he noted, is that traveling back and forth to the training center puts his departments ability to maximize its response time to emergencies in jeopardy. Its just simple distance and travel. You just cant get there First Aid Training and back quickly, Chief Greif said. And its all about keeping your emergency resources as close to your jurisdiction, available for service quickly as you can possibly get.