Lawmakers consider plan for first responders campus in Mililani

Could Central Oahu be the new home for emergency responders?

Some lawmakers would like to see a new campus built that would include police, fire and paramedics.

A first responders and cyber security campus would be built in the middle of the island.

“Mililani Tech Park makes a lot of sense because there are four military bases nearby. It’s out of the inundation zone. There’s a major airfield right across the street,” said Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, (D-Wahiawa, Mililani Mauka).

More than $11 million have been appropriated to help make this happen.

The state would purchase land from current owner Castle and Cooke and the facility would be built on 150 acres of land, worth more than $9 million.

So far, Honolulu police and fire departments, city Emergency Medical Services and the Dept. of Public Safety support the idea.

The campus would also allow the state to centralize and consolidate its data center and allow them to share resources and support services.

“Right now we have a lot of our computing resources spread all over different departments and in different areas, and some of the facilities are very old,” said state Chief Information Officer Keone Kali.

State Civil Defense would also have a spot there if officials wanted, but they have not said if they support moving their headquarters to Mililani from Diamond Head.

Former vice director Ed Teixeira said Mililani would not be a good home for civil defense.

“To move and respond by having other agencies pick up at any time of the day, which could be your rush hour time frame, and move them out to Mililani or to have them report at Mililani, it’s going to be problematic,” he said.

“Not every agency is going to move everything to Central Oahu, but certain agencies don’t have a headquarters, such as sheriffs or EMS ambulance. They’ve been looking for facilities. They don’t have one,” Sen. Dela Cruz said.

Sen. Dela Cruz said the new campus could create thousands of jobs.

There’s no timetable for the facility, but the governor still needs to release the funds so the state can purchase the land.

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