NIPSCO Donates $20K for First Responder Training

Pictured are: Joe Conboy NIPSCO, Celina Weatherwax MAAC, Steve Georgion NIPSCO, Rob Dorsey NIPSCO, Rick Galloway NIPSCO, Rick Calinski NIPSCO, Ward Barnett MAAC.

The Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) Foundation was recently awarded a $20,000 grant through the NiSource Foundation – the philanthropic arm of NIPSCO’s parent company – in support of expanding the education and training of first responders. In addition to the monetary grant, NIPSCO donated various meters and utility poles to develop a real life emergency training area on the 4.5-acre Emergency Service Training campus.

“NIPSCO is a supportive pillar of the first responder community and their contributions of the MAAC campus is yet another demonstration of their long-term commitment to these courageous men and women, stated Chief Stewart G. McMillan, Fire Chief and Founder.

“NIPSCO is proud to support the MAAC. During emergencies, our employees often work side by side with local firefighters and first responders. This campus offers instructional buildings that now include many utility props to enhance training. The meters and electric circuit will simulate real life situations that first responders in particular, firefighters could come in contact with”, stated Rick Calinski, Manager, NIPSCO Public Affairs.

The MAAC is the first comprehensive emergency services training campus in the state of Indiana. The MAAC offers a realistic, hands-on approach to emergency preparedness and response training to firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel on its 4.5-acre campus in Eastern Valparaiso. The campus includes a 4-story drill tower, a live burn building, residential home training and vehicle extraction, to name a few. In addition, the MAAC offers educational outreach to high school juniors and seniors through a Fire & Rescue program in partnership with the Porter County Career and Technical Education Center.

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