New Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility Receives Another Critical Training Tool
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Even in the 21st century, fire safety and protection is still a critical component of keeping the public safe.
Training these first responders is a critical part of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College mission and the R. Wayne Bost Trucking Inc. and Quality Distribution just made that easier. Bost Trucking recently donated a Mack conventional sleeper truck and a stainless steel tankard to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation for use in its fire training programs.
“It is our pleasure to work with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and to facilitate these donations,” said Bradley Bost, CEO, R. Wayne Bost Trucking Inc., Affiliate Partner of Quality Distribution, Inc. “The College provides an invaluable training resource to our community.”
The new facility includes a 3,500 square foot burn building and training pads for props like the truck and tankard.
“The donation of this truck and tankard are significant. It’ll put us in a much better place, enhancing our program dramatically,” said Roger McDaniel, director of emergency services for Rowan-Cabarrus.
These pieces represent thousands of dollars in savings to the College.
“I really want to thank the Bost Trucking for their generous donation. This is a great example of public-private partnership,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “One of the College’s biggest challenges is keeping our programs equipped with industry-recognized, state-of-the-art equipment that is used in the workplace. This donation will help us in achieving that goal.”
Over 7,000 certifications were awarded to fire, emergency medical services (EMS), and law enforcement personnel during the past year.
“Students need access to props like the tankard and truck for training purposes. They need to experience a response to a fire or a hazardous material emergency involving these popular modes of transporting materials,” said McDaniel.
The College held a community celebration at the Fire & Emergency Training Facility on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014.
“We wanted to show the community the amazing things that our firefighters, law enforcement and emergency personnel do for our community. And we wanted them to see the fantastic new place that they will receive training,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.
The Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility was the first project to be completed in a series of Rowan County-bond funded construction projects that will take place over the next few years.
“It is our goal to be responsive, flexible, innovative and efficient, as we work together to create a safer and more secure environment,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “The Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility will afford our public safety providers with real life training scenarios that will ensure that our law, fire, and emergency personnel are prepared to protect our community in the event of fires, hazardous materials emergencies, natural disasters, motor vehicle accidents and train derailments.”
The new Fire & Emergency Services Training Facility will serve an important role for training local public safety providers who protect citizens every day.
“Industry-recognized, high-tech equipment is critical to the success of our programs and our graduates,” said Craig Lamb, vice president of corporate and continuing education. “If students can’t leave here knowing how to use the equipment that an employer uses, they won’t be as successful as the jobs require.”
Unfortunately, the College’s funding does not include an abundance of resources for equipment investments.
“Our resources from the state have continued to decline year after year,” said Spalding. “Like many public organizations, we are looking at other options and developing a case for support to seek private and philanthropic donations.”
Strengthening the “fundraising muscle” of the College’s foundation is not only important for the immediate future, but also for the long term vitality of the College, and the tens of thousands of students it serves each year.
“I feel that Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is a vital part of Rowan and Cabarrus counties,” said Paul Brown, trustee on the Rowan-Cabarrus board who also facilitated the effort to secure these donations. As a member of the Rowan-Cabarrus Foundation Board of Directors,
his leadership as Foundation Development Chair has been instrumental in raising support for the new training facility and in supporting the college’s endowed scholarship program. “I have a passion for the important work our firefighters do.”
The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation provides financial assistance to the students and programs of Rowan-Cabarrus. The Foundation furthers the mission of the College by creating giving opportunities that expand College financial resources and develop sustainable programming for long-term fiscal stability. Every gift to Rowan-Cabarrus, no matter the size, makes a difference. There is always an extraordinary need for unrestricted funds which provide the College with the flexibility to meet its highest priorities and most urgent needs.
Rowan-Cabarrus welcomes in-kind donations, which help the College keep pace with changing technology and equipment needs and meet the demands of increased enrollment.
Gifts in kind must:
* fulfill a stated need of one or more college departments, and
* be approved by facilities or IT personnel to ensure compliance with existing infrastructure.
For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).