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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Holds Press Conference Highlighting $1,000,000 in Federal Funding for Sugar Land Training Facility for First Responders

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) held a press conference with Sugar Land leaders to highlight $1,000,000 in congressional funding she secured for the City of Sugar Land’s Public Safety Training Facility.  Congresswoman Fletcher was joined by Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman, Sugar Land Council Members Carol McCutcheon, William Ferguson, Nashaud Kermally, and Suzanne Whatley, Sugar Land Police Chief Mark Poland, and Sugar Land Fire Chief Doug Boecker. 

“For years, with no training facility of their own, Sugar Land first responders have had to train at facilities in neighboring communities,” said Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher.  “I am proud to announce that the City of Sugar Land will receive $1,000,000 in congressional funding to help build a public safety training facility.  Public safety is the first responsibility of government, and I was glad to advocate for this funding and to partner with Sugar Land officials to support this important work.  I look forward to continuing to work together to improve public safety in Sugar Land.” 

In 2019, voters approved a public safety bond package, which included funding to construct a new training facility.  The facility is currently undergoing the second phase of construction, and will accommodate incident command simulation training, EMS training, and advanced level firefighting courses such as a smoke diver course.  The $1,000,000 in federal funding, together with the bond package, will help implement facility and infrastructure improvements by adding storage, office space, electricity, lighting, and concrete pads to support firefighter training.  It will also help build classroom space and specialized first responder training rooms with controlled environments. 

Congresswoman Fletcher requested funding specifically for the Sugar Land Public Safety Training Facility for the City of Sugar Land through the community funding project process in Congress.  The process allows members of Congress to request funding for specific projects in their districts.  She secured the funding this spring through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, H.Res. 1102, a bipartisan government funding bill that funds essential programs and projects—including the Public Safety Training Facility—for Fiscal Year 2024.