Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center is one of eleven Merrill Area businesses to support the planned expansion of Northcentral Technical College’s (NTC) Public Safety Center of Excellence.
NTC officials and supporters gathered recently to outline the expansion plans for facility that will feature a state-of-the-art Emergency Village which will replicate business storefronts on a simulated street block to provide real-life training scenarios for emergency responders.
“The wonderful support and generosity of these local businesses alleviates the need for NTC to go to referendum to make this project a possibility,” said Lori Weyers, NTC President. “Once this project is complete, we expect several thousand public safety personnel a year to gain practical, hands-on experience right here in Merrill.”
The NTC Public Safety Center of Excellence provides state-of-the-art training for public safety personnel. The Emergency Village will complement the existing training facilities and position NTC as a leader in the Midwest for emergency management training. With the addition of night time training and tactical training in the Emergency Village, NTC will make an impact to the economic vitality of the region as trainees come from throughout the Midwest to Merrill to train.
“We are excited to support this project and the important role it will play in our community,” said Ministry Good Samaritan President Kris McGarigle. “Access to this type of state-of-the-art training facilities for public safety officials in our area and beyond will pay dividends for many years to come.”
Construction is expected to begin in spring 2012 with the Emergency Village fully operational for training by the fall 2012 semester.
“This facility will allow learners to bridge the gap between classroom discussion and actual emergency management situations by simulating critical events without the inherent risks of actual hazardous materials and exposure to severe weather conditions,” said Bryce Kolpack, NTC Dean of Public Safety.
In addition to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, other donors who in total committed $110, 000 to the project include Trantow Do-It Center, Reindl Printing Inc., Weinbrenner Shoe Company Inc., Merrill Distributing, Bierman Family Foundation, Inc., Riiser Oil Company, River Valley Bank, Ghidorzi Companies, Aspirus, Inc. and Church Mutual Insurance Company.