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City of Bradenton Fire Department Donates Fire Truck to Manatee School District
Donated truck will be used for Manatee Technical Institute's Fire Academy program
Representatives from the City of Bradenton Fire Department, Manatee
School Superintendent Rick Mills and board members with MTI's new
fire engine (photo: Jackson Falconer)
BRADENTON - Manatee Technical Institute's Fire Fighter certification program will be receiving a free replacement for the fire engine that students had been using until it went out of service during the previous school year.
At Monday's Manatee School Board meeting, City of Bradenton Fire Department Chief Chuck Edwards, including Assistant Fire Chief David Ezell, Training Director Captain Tim Geer, and other staff were on hand to officially transfer the title of a 1987 Pierce pumper to the district, along with a giant "key" to the vehicle. Also present at the meeting were MTI Director Mary Cantrell and other representatives of the school.
Edwards said that the city's Fire Department learned at a recent advisory committee meeting of the Fire Academy's need for a new pumper, something he noted was vital to its certification program, as MTI students must demonstrate competency and use of several types of fire engines during their training at the school.
The '87 pumper comes with an engine that was rebuilt six years ago, and Edwards said that it was operational until the donation. "In fact, I've had a few firefighters ask me to keep it," he said to the board during the meeting, adding that he hoped that MTI's Fire Academy would get at least 10 years of use out of the vehicle.
The donation of the truck to MTI will be free of charge, saving the school hundreds of thousands that would have been spent on a new truck for Fire Academy students.