HCC adds ambulance, fire truck to student training resources
Haywood Community College’s Workforce Continuing Education Department recently added two valuable resources to benefit the training of students in public safety areas. An ambulance was donated to the college by the Haywood County commissioners and Haywood Emergency Medical Services. In addition, a retired fire truck was purchased by HCC’s Foundation from the town of Waynesville and the Waynesville Fire Department.
Both vehicles will aid in student training for not only public services areas of fire, law, and EMS, but also for students in the automotive systems and collision repair and refinishing curriculum programs.
"The addition of the ambulance and the fire tanker truck will provide real life hands-on training that will allow students to become more familiar with the set-up of these vehicles," said Tonya Clark, HCC public safety and allied health coordinator. "It’s important for students to learn things like how to work in limited space, how to hear breathing over a running diesel motor, and how to get a stretcher out of a vehicle in a simulated environment. This is very helpful for when these students enter into an emergency situation."
Students in HCC’s automotive systems technology program made basic repairs to both vehicles. During the next school year, HCC collision repair and refinishing students will paint both vehicles.
"This is a great tool for all students," said Joey Webb Sr., Waynesville fire chief. "It also helps all the county fire departments. When we have a training class, we have to take a truck out of service to use for training. This truck at HCC will eliminate the need for that. We are happy to see the truck stay in the county."
Sherri Myers, HCC director of institutional advancement, agrees.
"It benefits any program to have equipment on hand to have for immediate training," she said. "Working with the personnel in these public safety fields also results in a benefit for the whole community."