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FVTC gets Boeing 727 donation to help emergency responder training


GREENVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - A major piece of equipment was donated by FedEx to the new Fox Valley Technical College Public Safety Training Center.

The shipping company donated a Boeing 727, during a ceremony at Outagamie County Regional Airport Tuesday.

The plane will be used by emergency responders for fire, tactical and medical training scenarios. 

"From opening emergency exits, to pulling crew members out to shutting down systems, this is a very unique opportunity," Bill Ewing, fire chief for Pro-Tec Fire Services which serves Austin Straubel and Outagamie County Regional Airports, tells FOX 11. 

FedEx donated the plane that will now become a training ground for emergency personnel as part of the new public safety training center partnership between the airport and Fox Valley Technical College. 

"It's very difficult to simulate this setting and make it work so we are extremely grateful to be able to provide this kind of resource in this kind of environment," Fox Valley Technical College president Susan May told FOX 11. 

The plane will be outfitted with seats and permanently grounded. It will be used for tactical and fire training as well as emergency medical scenarios. A training destination for the region and the country. 

"Existing public safety personnel from the state, the region and even nationally depending on how specialized the training may be," added May. 

Fox Valley Tech and the airport having been working for about 15 years on acquiring an aircraft like this one for training purposes.