Moraine Park’s State Certified Firefighter 2 and EMT classes recently held a vehicle extrication training exercise. During the event, the fire students completed a safety check of the vehicle and checking on the number of patients, vehicle stabilization, window removal, door removal, roof removal, and assisting in patient removal. This training was to help prepare the students for the fire certification test. EMT students were able to learn how to remove a patient from the vehicle and collaborate with the firefighters during an emergency. This training ties into trauma assessment for the EMT students.
Participating Firefighter 2 students include Josiah Brath, Joshua Bartelt, Griffin Brunet, Nick Smith, Kurt Haefs, Mitch Hartmann, Mike Webber, Andrew Pike, Kate Breunig, Doug Budiac, Kerri Ostrowski, EMT students from my class, Joanne Bernhardt, Crystal Braun, Haylee Cornelius, Dan Croft, Mark Franz, Nikkos Kanthack, Gabe Maurer, Jim Perkins, Cassandra Schultz, Erick Searvogel, Nate Stocks.
Participating EMT students include Pamela Brunet, Caitlin Butterbaugh, Kaylee Chapman, Ella Schmidt, Janeen Williams, Sophie Willinganz, Sara Zeinert.
During the exercise, the College was able to use their new extrication equipment received through an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). This included Holmatro extrication equipment from Jefferson Fire & Equipment, and a spreader, cutter, ram, and vehicle stabilization steps.
Wally’s Auto Salvage of Beaver Dam donated the vehicle.
Moraine Park Technical College’s Fire/EMT program has received a generous donation from Woodland Fire Department. Last fall, the Woodland Fire Department announced their plans to cease their community services and made plans to donate their department fire engine to Moraine Park. The engine was presented to the College on Monday, March 22 during a small event at the Woodland Fire Department.
“We hope this donation will help Moraine Park fill the industry with new firefighters,” Tony Roethle, Woodland Fire Department Chief, said. “There is a need for volunteer firefighters- without them, fire stations simply can’t survive.”
This year, the College has an increased number of students in the firefighter certification courses, and in mid-May, they will undergo their testing to become certified.
“We are pleased to see this increase,” Barb Jascor, Dean of Health and Human Services said. “We have been working hard to promote and support our local fire departments, and we hope to continue to see enrollments increase in the future as well.”
The College will use the donation for hands-on student learning, which will help students learn on equipment comparable to what they will see on the job.
“The donation of the fire truck complements the existing simulation equipment used for Fire/EMT students,” Barb Jascor, Dean of Health and Human Services said. “Currently, we have both a full-sized ambulance and apartment, along with high fidelity patient simulators, that many of our health and human service programs utilize for simulations. The addition of the fire truck allows further hands-on training for both existing and future firefighters throughout the Moraine Park district.”
The ambulance and apartment simulation were added last summer, as part of the Beaver Dam campus remodel project, and have been a vital addition to the curriculum.
“Hands-on learning offers an easy pathway from the classroom to career,” Jascor said. “We rely on our community partnerships, and the generosity of the Woodland Fire Department will directly impact fire training offered within our district for many years.”
The Woodland Fire Department ceased operations effective January 1, 2021, and staff who elected to relocate are serving the Iron Ridge and Neosho departments. Additionally, Hartford, Iron Ridge and Neosho Fire Departments are now serving the community of Woodland.
For more information on Moraine Park’s Fire Certification Training, visit morainepark.edu.
Moraine Park Technical College’s Criminal Justice and Paramedic students collaborated with the Dodge County SWAT Team last month to offer a live emergency simulation.
The simulation was in response to the major remodel at the Beaver Dam campus last summer. The new layout required the Dodge County SWAT team to do a walkthrough and reassess the building- as a way to be prepared in the event of an emergency on campus.
Moraine Park’s Criminal Justice and Paramedic instructors worked with the SWAT team to host and lead a simulation event featuring three different scenarios- as a learning opportunity for the students.
“I am grateful for our partnership with the Dodge County SWAT team and the time they spent with our students.” Lisa Pollard, Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus dean, said.
Throughout the simulations, students assisted the SWAT Team in the live emergency scenarios and were able to ask questions regarding their responses to different emergencies.
“This simulation offered a valuable, real-world experience to our students,” Pollard said. “The SWAT team utilized our Moraine Park classroom spaces, including our built-in apartment and ambulance- used for hands-on classroom training. How they work in that environment, with their equipment, providing an emergency response is how Moraine Park prepares the students for their future careers.”
The SWAT Team, students, and faculty received valuable knowledge from the simulations that will help prepare them for emergency situations in the future, and the partnership between Moraine Park and Dodge County will help ensure a safer campus and community.
For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.
Moraine Park Technical College’s “All in One Shot” Career Fair gave roughly 120 high school students from West Bend, Kewaskum and Hartford an up-close look at potential career opportunities in healthcare on Friday, Oct. 7.
Know what Cytoplasm or the Endoplasmic Reticulum is? How about Ribosomes and Golgi complex?
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Now, how about pizza … or pumpkins … or a fish bowl?! Know anything about those items?
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Brian Turner, our EMS/Paramedic Instructor and Program Director, is using those common items to give his students a fundamental understanding of some of the most complex parts of the human body. Continue reading