Fanshawe hosts special event to celebrate donation of an Aircraft from Ornge
Credit: JOHN SING, PHOTOGRAPHER FOR FANSHAWE'S CORPORATE COMMUNICATION
Fanshawe President Peter Devlin (left) accepts the donation of a decommissioned aircraft from Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO of Ornge at a special event on May 4.
“This helicopter will be a huge asset in experiential learning. Students will get the experience of working inside the helicopter as well as working around it. Not only will they learn the safety aspect but they will also have the opportunity to work on critically ill and injured patients in a confined space,” McCarthur said.
McCarthur has worked on this helicopter for many years out of the London base and has flown numerous patients throughout Ontario.
Ornge currently employees around a dozen Fanshawe alumni and is interested in continuing to hire Fanshawe students. Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO of Ornge, Rob Giguere, discussed the importance of Fanshawe students interfacing with the aircraft and continuing a relationship with both faculty and students at the college.
“We have been talking with Fanshawe about various programs they run to provide guidance in terms of what we need as an employer. This relationship will always continue and I think it will be because of this aircraft,” Giguere said. Fanshawe president Peter Devlin, spoke at the event about how important it is for Fanshawe to have community and industry partnerships.
“We use these partnerships for insight and support in order to prepare students for the industries,” Devlin said. The donation is not only appreciated by the School of Public Safety and the Norton Wolf School of Aviation, but the college as a whole as it will lead to more students having the ability to unlock their potential.