A New Benchmark in Fire Training

Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming six statewide agencies representing airport fire and first responder operations, military personnel, and fire departments to the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) Training Center as the first group of trainees to use this new facility. In partnership with the Appleton International Airport (ATW), the ARFF Center will serve regional, national, and international markets.

Supported by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the training facility sets the stage for rather intense emergency response drills thanks to a number of real-life aircraft settings and props. These include the only Boeing 777 simulated aircraft fire trainer in the United States, as well as a state-of-the-art wet/fire deck with nearly 100 individual fire zones to simulate a variety of aircraft firefighting situations, and more.

In addition to the FAA and ATW, this project required the support and collaboration of several other organizations, including the Wisconsin Technical College System and the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics, as well as Oshkosh Corporation and their Oshkosh Airport Products division. All of us are delighted to provide yet another staple attraction in the region as a means to draw visitors from essentially around the world. This latest ARFF facility is in elite company—it’s one of only a handful in the United States.

Given the pandemic conditions, we look forward to celebrating with a more formal grand opening of the ARFF Center sometime soon, perhaps this fall, if possible.

Up to the Challenge, Together

It feels like the world has turned upside down this week. The escalating outbreak of the COVID-19, or coronavirus, has ushered in an unprecedented situation for our world, our nation, and our college. Despite uncertainties surrounding this global pandemic, Fox Valley Technical College is up to the challenge. We have been a powerful force in this region for well over 100 years, and while that foundation of support and experience offers tremendous stability, this situation will call for exceptional agility, creativity, and ingenuity on our part.Credit Eppstein Uhen Architects

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Time Capsule Opened

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Board Chair Patty Van Ryzin (seated) and I watched Sharron Huss (front) retrieve items from the 1989 time capsule.  

At this week’s Board of Trustees meeting we had an unusual agenda item – the opening of a 30-year-old time capsule designated by the Board of 1989 to be opened in the year 2020.  This time capsule was prepared as part of some remodeling on campus that was completed in 1989.  Sharron Huss, former trustee from that time and someone who participated in the capsule’s placement,  attended our meeting and enjoyed the honor of opening the capsule to share its contents with those present. It was great to see some of the artifacts from that time including several community newspapers, course catalogs, handprints from children in the Parent/Child Center, a number of photos and more.  A group of our younger student leaders also attended and were very interested in the contents of the time capsule that was created before they were born.