Published on: June 18th, 2013
Some new Ohio firefighters are eligible for college scholarships after their department donated a fire truck to a local community college.
Clark State Community College offered 15 scholarships worth $15,000 to the Springfield Township Fire Department with the donation of a 1990 rig, Springfield News Sun’s Richard Quick reported.
Clark State has a 1990 model for training now, but it has 260,000 miles, and Springfield’s donated truck has just 36,000 miles.
“The fire training program needed a more reliable pump and water source for live fire and tower training exercises,” Quick wrote.
Originally, officials were going to sell the truck online, but a bidding process could have left the department with less than the asking price of $15,000, according to Quick.
Fire Chief John Roeder knew of the school’s need for a new truck and made the arrangement with the school’s fire charter program director.
Roeder told Quick new recruits will use the scholarships for “fire training certification classes.”
Read Quick’s full story at Springfield News Sun here.