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CVTC Plans New Fire, Paramedic Training Center


Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) announces plans for a new Fire and Paramedic Training Center this year. The facility will include a live burn area; a preparation and observation area; storage for emergency service vehicles; and a physical fitness training area for the fire, paramedic and police students. It is made possible in part through a gift from the L.E. Phillips Family Foundation to CVTC Foundation. Mr. Lewis E. Phillips, the founder of the foundation, was an ardent supporter of career education and served on CVTC’s board for twenty-three years. Donations from his foundation were instrumental in the building of the College’s Health Education Center and the Advanced Simulation and Trauma Center.

In commenting on the new training facility, CVTC President Bruce Barker stated, “The facility will enable us to better serve our communities by improving the training of the fire and emergency services workers that protect our families, homes and property. For decades CVTC has been training emergency service professionals. This project will enable us to take the training to the next level.  We appreciate the L.E. Phillips Family Foundation for their continued investment in CVTC and our communities.”

“A facility of this type has been a dream of the people who work in the emergency services fields for quite some time,” added Marcy Bruflat, fire services instructor and program director at CVTC. “This facility will truly make a difference in the preparation of the professionals, who want to be as ready as they can be when members of the public call on them in times of emergency. Firefighters and emergency medical professionals are constantly facing new challenges, but are also presented with new tools and strategies.  From the dangers presented by hazardous materials to the most effective fire suppressant to use to attack a fire, emergency response professionals need a wide range of knowledge. This training facility will help them stay current in all phases of their jobs.”

“My grandfather would have been so pleased to know that his foundation has helped make the planned facility a reality,” said Maryjo Cohen, President of the L.E. Phillips Family Foundation. “Among other things, the new facility will provide each trainee with the opportunity to handle seemingly out of control fires. It is one thing to understand conceptually how to handle a fire emergency, but quite another to actually experience it in a variety of real-life situations.   The experience provided could make the difference between life and death.”

The CVTC Board of Trustees approved the project in concept at its meeting Thursday evening.  The project will be forwarded to the Wisconsin Technical College System Board for approval. Construction is anticipated to begin this summer.

Chippewa Valley Technical College delivers innovative and applied education that supports the workforce needs of the region, improves the lives of students and adds value to our communities. CVTC Foundation, Inc. supports the mission and values of Chippewa Valley Technical College through the development and management of funds for the purposes of providing student scholarships and supporting staff, technology and ongoing facility development. For more information, www.cvtc.edu or www.cvtc/foundation.edu

The L.E. Phillips Family Foundation is a private, nonprofit philanthropic organization that supports worthy causes throughout the area.