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CVTC planning new Fire and Paramedic Training Center

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - A new facility may soon be providing better training for the people who respond when an emergency happens. Chippewa Valley Technical College announced today they plan to build a new Fire and Paramedic Training Center later this year. CVTC trains first responders, and now the college is hoping to pave the way for a first of its own.

"This will be a state of the art facility, I don't know of any other technical college that can handle these types of burns," said CVTC President Bruce Barker.

Plans for a new fire and paramedic training center were announced Friday. The cost of the building could reach two million dollars.

"The main part of the facility will be a large burn room. 50 by 50 square feet, 30 feet high we can simulate burns indoors. And then off of that there'll be a learning lab where you don't have to actually be in the same room where the burn is taking place to learn and observe," Barker said.

CVTC currently has equipment and a burn tower where students can practice putting out fires. But not all fires are created equal, which is why the new facility is needed.

"This would really allow us to do more major hazardous material type fires dealing with chemicals, toxic waste, higher temperatures. It would also allow us to stage search and rescue type missions," explained Barker. "There hasn't been training for that type of scenario before offered anywhere in the state. So this would be a very unique training facility."

CVTC says hundreds of paramedic, firefighting, and police science students would benefit from the new building. But its not just for their use.

"All of the existing fire departments and police departments will actually be able to use it. And so when you think of all the township fire departments, volunteer fire departments. It's really a facility that will greatly benefit all the police and fire departments throughout this whole region of the state," Barker said.

Funding for the building comes from the CVTC Foundation and a grant from the L. E. Phillips Family Foundation.

The concept will now be forwarded to the Wisconsin Technical College System Board for final approval. Construction could begin this summer, and CVTC hopes it will be ready for use by September. 

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