Demand up for Crisis City in central Kansas

First responders train at Crisis City in Salina. (KSN File Photo)
First responders train at Crisis City in Salina. (KSN File Photo)

CRISIS CITY, Kan. (AP) – A mock community in central Kansas that provides training on responding to disasters has been expanding thanks to its popularity with emergency crews.

Crisis City opened in October 2009 southwest of Salina on property owned by the Air Force. It hosts training drills that simulate various catastrophes, such as an active shooter, a train derailment or a building collapse. The various venues at Crisis City are designed to provide law enforcement, emergency medical personnel and military with hands-on training.

Joe Pruitt, program consultant and manager, told The Kansas City Star that Crisis City serves military and civilian personnel from Kansas and other states, including Missouri, Nebraska and Texas.

The site is expanding to 155 acres and a new shooting course is already nearly full. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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