firefighters representing two Duneland volunteer FDs will be part of the
first graduating class of the Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC)
total of 29 new firefighters will graduate from the MAAC’s rigorous
six-month training program in a ceremony scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Feb.
16, in the auditorium of Wheeler High School, 587W 300N in Union Township.
Representing the Burns Harbor Volunteer FD are Zoe Bell, Joshua Djurich, and
Representing the Liberty Township Volunteer FD are Jessica Peterson and
first class of graduates from the MAAC is the culmination of a vision that
has been evolving over 18 years,” Chief Stewart McMillan said in a statement
released this week. “We honor them by providing a training facility that is
worthy of their sacrifice and commitment.”
statement noted that, according to the National Fire Protection Association,
nearly 70 percent of firefighters in the U.S. are volunteers, who save
taxpayers an estimated $139.8 billion annually. The MAAC’s first graduating
class “spent nights and weekends, at their own expense, completing the
necessary training to become certified.”
MAAC is a state-of-the-art training facility on a 4.5-acre campus in
Valparaiso and was developed to serve as a leading provider of safety,
emergency preparedness, and response training.