Ribbon-Cutting Scheduled For New Lawrenceburg Fire Training Tower

LAWRENCEBURG – Ivy Tech Community College, the City of Lawrenceburg, and the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce will partner to hold a dedication and ribbon-cutting of a new fire training Tower.  The approximately $1.5 million facility is located at Ivy Tech Community College Southeast’s 500 Industrial Drive campus.  The ceremony is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 28, 2010 and is open to the public.

Members of the Lawrenceburg, Hogan Township, St. Leon, Bright, Dearborn County, Dillsboro, Batesville and Manchester fire departments have already undergone training at the burn tower, which also includes a flashover simulator, three roof practice areas, and propane training capability.  Mandatory training classes are included in course offerings.

In announcing the dedication ceremony, Ivy Tech Southeast Chancellor Jim Helms noted the fire tower is the latest in a series of cooperative ventures between the College and Lawrenceburg.  “Several years ago Ivy Tech, the State of Indiana, officials and council members of the City of Lawrenceburg, local businesses and industries, and citizens of Dearborn County and adjoining areas joined forces to make possible the construction of the campus at 500 Industrial Drive,” Helms said.  “Then, thanks to the City, Ivy Tech was able to expand by occupying the state-of-the-art Riverfront Campus at 50 Walnut Street.  Multi-agency cooperation continued with the location of PDS Biotechnology Corporation at the Industrial Drive campus.  Now the fire tower complex makes it possible for Ivy Tech to provide all-important, real-life fire training.  With invaluable assistance from the community, Ivy Tech has become an educational and economic force in southeastern Indiana.”  Helms pointed out the College, in cooperation with the fire department, now offers training classes.  Helms encouraged area residents to attend the dedication/ribbon-cutting and to view the state-of-the-art training center.

Taking part in the dedication will be Helms, Lawrenceburg Mayor Bill Cunningham, Fire Chief Randy Abner, Assistant Fire Chief Johnny Tremain, and a representative(s) of Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder.  Dearborn Chamber Director Mike Rozow will direct the ribbon-cutting.  Following the ceremony Lawrenceburg Fire Department representatives will perform demonstrations with the new firefighting equipment and will lead tours of the facility.  Area fire departments will also be represented by departmental chiefs and members. 

With over 150,000 students enrolled annually, Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana.  Ivy Tech Southeast serves Dearborn, Ripley, Ohio, Switzerland and Jefferson Counties as well as bordering areas in northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio.

The College serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the local community needs along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.  Ivy Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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