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Group hopes to bring training center, shooting range to Currie

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The proposed facility would offer advanced training for a variety of groups including local law enforcement, firefighters, first responders, EMT paramedics and existing members of the military. The proposed facility would offer advanced training for a variety of groups including local law enforcement, firefighters, first responders, EMT paramedics and existing members of the military.

CURRIE, NC (WECT) - The group Alastar, TDS-C (Tactics Defense Security and Consulting) is looking to build a training center in Currie, according to one of the owners, Anthony Cowden.

There will be a public hearing for the special use permit required for the project during the Pender County Commissioners meeting Monday.

The two owners of the proposed facility are both former members of Special Ops in the military.

The facility would include classroom space for trainings, an off-road SUV driving course with obstacles to help with rural driving and a shooting range.

The facility would also offer advanced training for a variety of groups including local law enforcement, firefighters, first responders, EMT paramedics and existing members of the military.

Some of the classes would allow open enrollment for anyone, such as those who wish to take paramedic classes, while closed classes for groups would also be offered.

The owners say that there is a need for this in eastern North Carolina, noting that there are some facilities similar to this near Ft. Bragg, but none near camp Lejeune. They say in today's economy, it can be hard to send groups far away for special training.

If all goes according to plan, they would like to start building in six months

The starting cost for the project is about $1.5 million, and it would bring in about 15 to 20 jobs.

The group plans to rely on Pender County-based companies for materials and resources, such as engineering firms, construction companies, and more.

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