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The City of Mesa and Mesa Fire and Medical Department donated a fire truck pumper to the East Valley Institute of Technology on Jan. 12 at the Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main Street, Mesa.
The 1997 Pierce Quantum truck can pump 1,500 gallons per minute and will be used by EVIT’s Academy of Fire Science, which trains East Valley high school students and adults for first-responder careers in firefighting and emergency medical services.
Mesa Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh and Deputy Fire Chief/Public Information Officer Forrest Smith noted that while EVIT trains students from many East Valley communities, the career and technical education school is an important part of Mesa.
“You are our guys,” Smith told the Fire Science students, adding that many from that program have gone on to be firefighters and paramedics for the Mesa Fire Department, as well as other fire departments in the Valley.
Instructor Terry Baugher said the truck donated on Tuesday is the third truck donated by Mesa Fire, which has also donated other equipment to the program.
Smith said the fiscal impact of donating one fire apparatus to EVIT is minimal to the City of Mesa and the Fire Department and estimated at $5,000 to $15,000 revenue loss. Total cost for the Pierce Quantum unit in 1997 was $260,000.
EVIT Superintendent Dr. Sally Downey thanked the City of Mesa and Mesa Fire for their support. “We simply could not do what we do without you,” she said.
EVIT Fire Science students gain practical experience through hands-on training that includes live fire training, search and rescue, high-rise tower drills, and the operation of fire apparatus and equipment used by local academies. First-year students get a basic overview of fire science and emergency medical technician fundamentals. Second-year students participate in physical training, team activities and demonstrations by local, state and federal agencies.
EVIT Fire Science Academy provides the opportunity for students to earn up to 15 hours of dual enrollment college credit through Mesa Community College, and prepares students to test for several professional industry certifications, including Aircraft Rescue Firefighter (ARFF).
EVIT students have a 96% high school graduation rate, 2 out of 3 go on to college, and 87% are in jobs, college or the military within one year of their EVIT training.