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Camp Ripley Emergency Vehicle Operations Course

Both hands on the wheel

  • 60K

    SF Skid Pad

  • 4.3

    Miles of Roadway

  • 175

    Acre Site

  • Little Falls, Minnesota

    Little Falls, Minnesota

Preparing drivers from Minnesota organizations for a variety of challenging road conditions

Ever wonder how emergency responders are able to safely navigate precarious roadway conditions at high speeds? The answer is simple: they practice!

The Emergency Vehicle Operators Course at Camp Ripley provides a much-needed venue for local, state, and other public agencies to sharpen their skills. They train in simulated emergency scenarios in various weather conditions and diverse settings: rural, urban, and on bridges and interchanges.

The facility features a unique 60,000 square foot, post-tensioned concrete slab that can be flooded so drivers can practice their controlled skids. More than four miles of roads, including straightaways and tight curves, help drivers build confidence and skills.

Our contribution was comprehensive master planning for the 175-acre site, Phase 1 site grading and drainage design, electrical engineering, and roadway striping and signage. In the future, they’ll add a 20,000 square foot support structure, a bridge, a partial interchange, and an urban area. 

At a Glance

  • Minnesota Army National Guard
  • Hagemeister Mack Architects
  • URS
ACEC of Minnesota Honor Award, Category I - Special Projects, 2015
Meet Our Team

Phil Carlson, Associate

From using my architectural design skills to mentoring—helping people understand the ideas on a given project—my role comes with variety.

Phil Carlson


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