San Manuel Band of Mission Indians grants $146,211 to the VVC Foundation

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Victor Valley College Foundation receives $146,211 grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to purchase innovative technology for Emergency Medical Services Programs.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians recently granted $146,211 to the Victor Valley College Foundation to help enhance emergency responder training provided at the Victor Valley College Regional Public Safety Training Center.

Thanks to San Manuel’s generous grant to the HEART, Healthy, Engaged, Active, Responsive and Trained project, faculty in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program will now be able to purchase two CAE “cut-suits” for a new type of trauma simulation lab. The suits are the most realistic way to simulate the look, feel and smell effects of severe trauma events on a live human while allowing students to safely treat and diagnose the three primary causes of death, uncontrollable hemorrhage, airway compromise and tension pneumothorax or a collapsed lung.

“The cut suits are a new state-of-the-art addition to our simulation program,” said Victor Valley College’s EMS Director Dave Olesen. “The tribe’s generosity continually provides innovative technology and equipment to our students.  However, this type of advanced training will greatly enhance workplace knowledge for our students who are currently working or eventually seeking employment.”

The cut suits can be worn in any intensely physical simulation scenario on campus, under clothing and uniforms.  They feature repairable skin and organs allowing user created and customizable wounds. Because of their durability and design, the user can also repair the suit, keeping maintenance costs at a minimum in future years.

“This is truly Hollywood’s special effects meeting high fidelity simulation,” said Olesen. 

Additional funds will be used to pay for warranties to keep the simulation program running. Mannequins acquired in previous years are beginning to show their wear and tear from previous high use and high stress training. San Manuel’s generous investment will help pay for those much needed repairs. Finally, their gift will allow the program to purchase an ALSi emergency training tool. This will allow the program to enhance and expand the use of Electrocardiograms purchased with funding provided by San Manuel in 2016.

 “Through this gift, San Manuel is investing in advanced trauma training for our first responders to more effectively safeguard lives in San Bernardino County,” said San Manuel Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena. “As a Native Serrano people whose aboriginal lands include the High Desert, we are pleased to work with Victor Valley College to benefit multiple communities throughout these lands we hold as sacred.”

Victor Valley College Regional Public Safety Training Center is a $31.5 million, state-of-the-art training complex specifically designed to support students in the Administration of Justice, Fire Technology, Emergency Medical Services and Correction programs. It provides students a unique and far reaching training opportunity for cooperative emergency scenario cross-training exercises experienced by first responders every day in the normal course of the job.

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