Council grants police chief’s request for $86,000 for first responder training system

Dean Morgan Junior High was evacuated after a bomb threat on Friday, May 24, 2019. A suspect was taken into custody and students were moved back into the school. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper Police Department wants funding for a system to help train first responders.

Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters told the City Council during their Tuesday, June 25 work session that about $86,000 would be needed to get the program up and running.

“The BowMac System is a program designed to train first responders and will allow the City of Casper to provide all hazard incident management training to other first responders and stakeholders involved in the initial response to an incident,” McPheeters said in a memo.

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$21,500 of that would be used to purchase a simulator that would be used to help train staff various first responder strategies. In addition to police, it would also be available to the the Casper Fire-EMS Department.

$60,000 would go toward getting some people trained so that they can provide training to other City staff.

$4,750 would go toward a travel and storage case for the simulator.

McPheeters said that he’d hoped to secure grant funding to purchase the system and training. But having failed to secure this grant he brought his request to the City Council.

The Council said they were okay to allow the purchase to move forward.

“I think this would be a great thing for the City to invest in,” Councilman Mike Huber said. “I’m all for it.”

Councilman Ken Bates had some reservations about the system since he thought advances in technology could make the system obsolete.

McPheeters had told the Council the system could allow the City to provide quality first responder training for 30 years.