Student firefighters at the East Valley Institute of Technology have a new donated fire truck to train with.
The Mesa City Council at a study session Monday, Nov. 9, approved donating a 1997 Pierce Quantum, 1,500-gallons-per-minute fire pumper to EVIT. It has been in service since 1997 with the Mesa Fire and Medical Department.
“It’s been a very successful program throughout the years. In the past we have donated two other trucks over the course of time that have served the students and faculty very well there,” Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh said. “It’s a great partnership to allow those students to have kind of a real-world experience on what is for them great equipment to be able to use. But I think it’s a very worthy request.”
“It’s wonderful. I’m glad we’re doing it,” Councilman Alex Finter said. He worked as a firefighter and fire captain for the city of Mesa.
The donation was approved in a 7-0 vote by the council. Voting yes were Mesa Mayor John Giles; Vice Mayor Kavanaugh, District 3; and council members David Luna, District 5; Chris Glover, District 4; Dave Richins, District 1; Mr. Finter, District 2; and Kevin Thompson, District 6.
EVIT is a public school district that serves students from 10 East Valley school districts. High school students from Apache Junction, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Tempe, Higley and J.O. Combs spend half their day at EVIT and the other half at their sending high school. EVIT’s main campus is at 1601 W. Main St. in Mesa. For information on EVIT’s fire science program, go to www.evit.com/firefighting.
Tara Acuna, assistant to the fire chief, told the council that the truck to be donated has more than 200,000 miles on it.
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