Legacy Foundation Presents Grant to MAAC

(Photo by Laura Waluszko)

Leaders from the Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) Foundation in Valparaiso and Merrillville-based Legacy Foundation gathered Thursday, May 31 for a check presentation.

The Legacy Foundation presented the MAAC with a $25,000 grant to support the facility’s efforts in providing combined training for police, fire, EMS, and hazmat teams. Legacy Foundation is a community foundation and philanthropic partner serving Lake County, managing more than 300 donor funds. Legacy Foundation is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization operating under the leadership of a volunteer board of directors.

(Photo by Laura Waluszko)

During Thursday’s gathering, vehicle extrication training was led by Commander Kevin DeYoung and the current academy class recruits, made up of the following departments:

• East Chicago Fire Department (14 recruits)
• Lakes of Four Seasons Fire Department (2 recruits)
• Portage Fire Department (2 recruits)
• South Haven Fire Department (1 recruit)

(Photo by Laura Waluszko)

 

(Photo by Laura Waluszko)

 

Stewart McMillan, MAAC (Multi Agency Academic Cooperative) Fire Chief and Founder (Photo by Laura Waluszko)

The MAAC campus provides an opportunity for law enforcement, firefighters and EMS personnel, who often respond to calls together, to train together, at a one-of-a-kind facility that just had its official grand opening last fall.