Skagit Valley College (SVC) celebrated the grand opening of its new Fire Technology Building on May 15 at the Mount Vernon campus. The new facility is specifically designed to support the college’s long-standing Fire Protection Technology program.

For more than 20 years, the Fire Protection Technology program has provided students with the education and training necessary for successful careers in firefighting.

Previously housed in temporary facilities, the new Fire Technology Building provides a permanent and modern learning environment where students will learn through hands-on experiences.

The new building features one large-bay parking garage to accommodate the program’s fire truck, a modern classroom and laboratory space, and dedicated storage for essential equipment and firefighting gear. The design reflects a model fire station, offering students a realistic environment to hone their firefighting skills.

“The new facility is a significant upgrade for our fire program,” said Patricia Binion, fire protection technology instructor. “Our students now have a permanent learning environment and are in a true firehouse for training. The space will allow students to see this facility as their own, and that makes all the difference in their dedication and focus.”

The building was approved by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in the 2021-2023 capital biennium as a minor program project. The project aligns with the goals outlined in SVC’s 15-year Master Plan, specifically the focus on providing students with the resources and facilities needed to achieve their educational goals and seamlessly transition into the workforce as qualified firefighters.

“The new building is the culmination of years of work – specifically by the former department chair of the Fire Science program, Patrick McVicker,” said Darren Greeno, vice president of academic affairs. “Pat’s tireless dedication to the program and his vision to construct a facility capable of equipping students with the skills needed to be professional firefighters has resulted in the building we see today.”

Fire Technology Building Grand Opening

About the Fire Protection Technology Associate’s Degree

The Fire Protection Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program is designed to prepare students for entry-level firefighter positions. This skills and certification-based program equips students with the knowledge, certifications, and professional affiliations valued by fire service leaders.
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