Chippewa Valley Technical College’s FireMedic program received a gift that will enhance all aspects of the program while impacting our current and future workforce. The Presto Foundation has made a gift to CVTC Foundation, Inc., that will allow the FireMedic program to purchase ten self-contained airpack breathing apparatuses, one holding trailer, two hazardous environment gas monitors, two search-and-rescue mannequins and replacement panels for the burn tower. The gift will also provide the program with a water containment area with a pump.
Maryjo Cohen, president of the Presto Foundation stated, "We are delighted to assist in a program that is so important to the well-being of not only our community, but to a large section of Wisconsin. CVTC trains students, volunteers, and other fire-rescue personnel to save lives and property. It is in the interest of all that the FireMedic program is properly equipped to maximize the effectiveness of that training."
CVTC’s FireMedic program focuses on preparing individuals to respond to the diverse incidents of today's emergency service. The program includes special courses in water, confined space, trench, high angle, and vehicle extrication rescue. Students are prepared to take the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic, Firefighter I, and Fire Apparatus Driver Operator exams. The program also provides a variety of training opportunities for the current firemedic workforce.
CVTC President Bruce Barker stated, "We are extremely grateful to the Presto Foundation. Their investment in our FireMedic program is also an investment in our community. As a result of this gift, we will be able to better meet our mission."