By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– – The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians recently granted $77,000 to the Victor Valley College Foundation to help enhance training opportunities provided at the Victor Valley College Regional Public Safety Training Center.
The training center in Apple Valley, California teaches critical skills to firefighters, law enforcement officers, corrections officers, paramedics and emergency medical technicians – basically equipping first responders to save lives. Two of these programs, firefighters and paramedics, will now be better equipped to deliver this vital training because of San Manuel’s generosity.
“Today, San Manuel is a hero to heroes,” said Tom Turner, Victor Valley College Fire Academy Chief and facility coordinator for the Regional Public Safety Training Center. “We were just shy of fully outfitting our new center to maximize the use of apparatus and equipment available and San Manuel provided two of the biggest pieces we still needed. Our students will receive realistic training and be ready to save lives when they graduate because of San Manuel’s generous support.”
Some of the grant funds will be used to purchase new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus or SCBA for the college’s Fire Technology Training program. The SCBA are used by firefighters to safely enter smoke filled areas and are a critical piece of training equipment. The school was unable to replace outdated SCBA equipment prior to the opening of the new training center in April. Students who now have access to a state-of-the-art training center will also have current equipment to learn firefighting skills. The old equipment was bulky, heavy and beginning to fail. The new equipment will allow the students to use the same tools they will find on the job when they go to work on the frontline with local fire departments.
“The people of San Manuel are proud to support the work of Victor Valley College as they prepare public safety professionals to serve our communities,” said Chairperson Carla Rodriguez. “We are all served better by public servants who train with state-of-the-art equipment and work to keep us safe and secure.”
The remaining funds will be used to purchase a class set of iPads for students in the college’s Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician programs. This college program has been recognized by Apple for the innovative teaching methods used by its instructors. Students will use the iPads to capture video of their training exercises, access reference materials in field experiences and download textbooks for the class. The iPads will be retained by the program and shared with future classes to continue supporting the technology enhanced teaching methods for the remainder of their useful life.
Victor Valley College Regional Public Safety Training Center is a $31.5 million, state-of-the-training complex specifically designed to support students in the Administration of Justice, Fire Technology, Emergency Medical Services, and Correction programs. It provides students a unique and far reaching training opportunity for cooperative emergency scenario cross-training exercises experienced by first responders every day in the normal course of the job.
Funded by the voter approved Measure JJ, the nine-acre campus features a 41,000 square-foot-building designed to offer high quality training and education programs for student and public safety personnel. The center provides office space, classrooms, conference rooms, virtual and live fire shooting range, a computer lab for video editing, a defensive tactics room, four fire truck apparatus bays, shower rooms, a fire tower, burn rooms, a collapsed building, a high angle rescue structure, a prop yard with a tanker rail car, an over-turned fuel tanker truck, an underground confined space prop, and a CERT City facility for citizen disaster and emergency training.
For more information about Victor Valley College and the programs available at the Regional Public Safety Training Center, visit www.vvc.edu. To learn about the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, visit www.sanmanuel-nsn.gov.
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