Fire Training Academy Graduates 12 Firefighters

Fire Training Academy Graduates 12 Firefighters

Twelve new firefighters representing seven regional fire departments will celebrate the completion of a rigorous 9-week training academy at the Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) Foundation.

“These individuals have made a commitment to serve our communities in one of the most noble of professions that exists today. We’re proud of their accomplishments and are looking forward to hearing about their future achievements.” stated Chief Stewart G. McMillan.

Recently, Academy Commander, Chris Crail shared the following advice with the cadets “Your ego is not your friend. Be humble, be grateful and be thankful to those that have sacrificed for us to be here.”

The names of the graduate firefighters and their fire departments are the following:

  • James Augustyn, Whiting Fire Department
  • Matthew Augustyn, Whiting Fire Department
  • Nicholas Cercone, Whiting Fire Department
  • Ciara Ditchcreek, Hobart Fire Department
  • Sam Doig, La Porte Fire Department
  • Maxwell Fisher, La Porte Fire Department
  • Christopher Gaines, Michigan City Fire Department
  • Grant Hunsley, Portage Fire Department
  • Zachary Kaminski, Crown Point Fire and Rescue
  • Jacob Kazmierczak, La Porte Fire Department
  • Lecil Martin, New Chicago Fire Department
  • Patrick Nickos, Portage Fire Department

The Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) has developed a state-of-the-art campus to serve as a leading provider of safety, emergency preparedness, and response training. Established in Valparaiso, Indiana, we strive to meet the training requirements and objectives of departments locally, regionally, and statewide.