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Rep. Ron Kind tours WITC-New Richmond
Among the venues on Rep. Ron Kind's March 28 visit to
WITC-New Richmond was a
tour of the college's latest in technology: a live fire burn simulator, a
computer-controlled tractor and the power equipment lab.
watched carefully as the smoke gradually filled the burn simulator and flames
grew at the opposite end of the trailer then burst across the ceiling. All in
the group were safe as the entire demonstration was controlled by Fire Training
Coordinator Jack Running and the remote controls.
"We can simulate a variety of fire conditions in this vehicle," Running says,
"Including second-story rescues, flashovers, search and rescue and all with
varying degrees of flame and smoke. It's an excellent training tool that gives
firefighters an experience as close to real life as you can get. The instructor
can shut everything down in an instant, if necessary."
Agriculture Power and Equipment lab, Kind climbed into the cab of a
tractor to view the computer diagnostics a student was using, and he visited WITC's
Motorcycle, Marine and Outdoor Power Products lab and talked with
students Jeremy Friel and Mitch Booth.
Kind also met with Student Senate Association representatives and other
students in the Learning Resource Center before leaving for his next
appointment. Kind fielded questions about college financing and the financial
support needed for workers caught in an industry's downsizing.