Public Safety | Northcentral Technical College

Public Safety Center of Excellence

1603 Champagne St., Merrill, WI 54452

NTC’s Public Safety Center of Excellence serves as the premier public safety training facility for northern Wisconsin. The state-of-the-art, advanced training provided at the facility is completed in a technically integrated and realistic format, allowing learners to mimic real-life critical events in a controlled environment.

Wisconsin’s Premier All Hazard, All Season Public Safety Training Facility

The 36-acre site is located 15 minutes north of the NTC Wausau campus in the City of Merrill, an area rich with a natural environment suitable for multiple uses, including water rescue and wilderness training. The comprehensive training complex, which serves both NTC program students and those seeking continuing education training, includes many state-of-the-art facilities designed to give students both classroom experience and real world skills.

Training Courses Offered

The following is a small sampling of the many courses offered at the Public Safety Center of Excellence. The Center provides opportunities for local, state and federal training.

  • Law Enforcement

    Emergency vehicle operations course (pursuit training), firearms training and simulation scenarios, DAAT training, taser training, tactical EMS, SWAT training, tree stand/hunter approach training, campsite related approach training, wilderness search and rescue, driving simulator for squad cars, residential home for room clearing, automated targeting system.

  • Emergency Medical Services

    American Heart Association courses/CPR, emergency vehicle operations course, tactical EMS, driving simulator for ambulances, wilderness medicine and survival training, tree stand/hunter evacuation, EMS scenarios with on-site ambulance.

  • Fire/Rescue

    State certification courses, wilderness search and rescue, trench and collapsed building rescue (awareness, operations, technician levels), confined space training, water rescue training, emergency vehicle operations course, driving simulator for fire engines, four-story certified burn tower, splash tower for ladder training, ropes and rappelling capabilities, live burn props throughout the facility, fire scenarios with fire engine.

  • Emergency Management

    Incident command courses, urban and rural mass casualty scenario training (tabletop, hands-on), customized event/incident management training, disaster training for public officials.

  • General Education

    Concealed carry courses, driver safety training, CPR and AED training, meeting rooms for group meetings/events.

Rentals & Requests

Whether you are interested in reserving rooms and training equipment or customized training specific to your needs, the Public Safety Center of Excellence has the available services to meet your demands.

Facility Rentals

Reserve classroom space for large or small groups, or set up hands-on training using tools that include an emergency village, splash tower, burn tower and more.

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Training Requests

Need a customized, cost-effective solution in the areas of emergency management and public safety training? Contact us with your training request to see how we can help.

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We are proud to work with numerous local agencies that train at the Public Safety Center of Excellence, including:

  • Wisconsin State Patrol
  • Wisconsin National Guard
  • Marathon County Sheriff's Department
  • Aspirus MedEvac
  • Wisconsin DNR
  • KERT K9 Emergency Responders
  • Merrill Police Department
  • Merrill Fire Department


If you have any questions, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

General Information & Facility Rentals

Gera Peterson


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