Guam – Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio got back behind the wheel of a police car Monday inside a Guam Community College classroom. Tenorio, a former police officer, tested out GCC’s new grant-funded Emergency Vehicle Operators Course, or EVOC simulator.
The EVOC simulator and a firearms training simulator were purchased through a congressional Perkins Career and Technical Education grant of $327,000, secured by GCC’s Criminal Justice & Social Sciences Department. The EVOC simulator allows the college to train students and emergency vehicle operators through the use of technology, instead of having to buy an actual emergency vehicle.
A portion of the grant includes training on how to teach the simulator course. This training will take place at the Guam Fire Department headquarters, Rm. 802, DNA building in Hagatna, on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8 and 9. *****On Thursday afternoon at 2:00, March 10, the training will move to the Guam Raceway Park in Yigo, for actual in-car training.*****
“The purpose of the class is to increase the number of Certified EVOC Instructors on island. EVOC instructors teach the mandatory EVOC class to all law enforcement and fire personnel, and presently the number of EVOC instructors on island is extremely low,” according to Jose Munoz, GCC Criminal Justice & Social Science Department chair. “This week’s class will certify 30 individuals from GFD, GPD, Customs and Quarantine, the Judiciary, Department of Agriculture and GCC.”
The EVOC instructors’ class is being conducted by Michael Wilbur of Emergency Vehicle Response Inc. of Otisville, New York.
“I commend GCC’s Criminal Justice Department for its resourcefulness in applying for and receiving the grant to bring this technology to the college. With the impending military buildup, our need for emergency vehicle operators will increase. This is an excellent way to train these drivers without having to go to the expense of buying emergency vehicles simply for training purposes,” said Lt. Governor Tenorio.