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Fire responder training center in Valpo to hold grand opening on Saturday

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The Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) Foundation will host an official ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the site of the new Emergency Services Training Academy, 4203 Montdale Park Drive in Valparaiso.

Live fire training demonstrations and tours will be offered from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The MAAC Emergency Services Training Campus will support thousands of fire, law enforcement and EMS personnel throughout Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Jasper and Newton counties.

The MAAC campus includes a 40-foot search and rescue tower, a two-story live burn building, a flashover unit, a two-story residential training structure, ventilation and forcible entry training structure, rescue technique drafting pond, vehicle extrication pad, ventilation and forcible entry structure, fire extinguisher and propane teaching areas, indoor training space, and classrooms.

“We have developed a state-of-the-art campus that will serve as a leading provider of safety, emergency preparedness, and response training throughout our region,” said Celina Weatherwax, president of the McMillan Family Foundation. “The MAAC is an incredible asset for Northwest Indiana’s deserving public safety community.”

Special guests will include Bryan Langley, executive director of the Indiana Department of Homeland; State Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, and State Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso.



Posted 9/12/2017




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