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New Duneland firefighters to graduate from the MAAC

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Five firefighters representing two Duneland volunteer FDs will be part of the first graduating class of the Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) Foundation.

A 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 Chase Martin.

Representing the Liberty Township Volunteer FD are Jessica Peterson and Storm Wiseman.

“The 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.”

The 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.”

The 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.



Posted 2/15/2018




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