MAAC to Graduate Its First All-Volunteer Firefighter Academy Friday

Class photo (photo provided)

Northwest Indiana’s MAAC – Multi Agency Academic Cooperative – is graduating its first all-volunteer firefighter academy this Friday, February 16th. Twenty-nine new firefighters representing fourteen volunteer fire departments across three counties will celebrate the completion of a rigorous six-month training program at the Multi Agency Academic Cooperative Foundation in Valparaiso. The Foundation says the graduates spent nights and weekends, at their own expense, completing the training necessary to become certified. “This first class of graduates from the MAAC is the culmination of a vision that has been evolving over 18 years. We honor them by providing a training facility that is worthy of their sacrifice and commitment,” Chief Stewart G. McMillan stated.

The graduation ceremony will be held Friday, February 16, 5 pm at Wheeler High School Auditorium. Here are the graduates and their fire departments:

Zoe Bell, Burns Harbor Volunteer Fire Department
Joshua Djurich, Burns Harbor Volunteer Fire Department
Chase Martin, Burns Harbor Volunteer Fire Department
Michael Medrano, Cedar Lake Volunteer Fire Department
Jon Bannister, Indiana Harbor
Andrew Scarborough, Kouts Volunteer Fire Department
Michael Anguiano, Lake Station Fire Department
James Hansen, Lake Station Fire Department
Andrew Monahan, Lake Station Fire Department
Alexis Stuhlmacher, Lake Station Fire Department
Hayden Tenzera, Lakes of the Four Seasons Fire Department
Scott Whitlock, Lakes of the Four Seasons Fire Department
Jessica Peterson, Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department
Storm Wiseman, Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department
Ana McNamara, Long Beach Volunteer Fire Department
Kyle Jeffries, Lowell Volunteer Fire Department
Jimmy Krizan, Lowell Volunteer Fire Department
Lindsey Kurth, Lowell Volunteer Fire Department
Robert Wahlman II, Lowell Volunteer Fire Department
Casey Brandon, New Chicago Volunteer Fire Department
Charles Calvin, New Chicago Volunteer Fire Department
Arielle Malavolta, Union Township Volunteer Fire Department
Carlie Miller, Union Township Volunteer Fire Department
Hannah Covert, Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department
Matthew Mettenburg, Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department
Alyssa Mettenburg, Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department
Casey Zippel, Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department
Charlie Self, Westville Volunteer Fire Department

The Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) is a state-of-the-art four-and-a-half acre campus providing safety, emergency preparedness, and response training to meet the training requirements and objectives of departments locally, regionally, and statewide.