Southeast Community College's Fire Protection Technology
program has added a shiny, bright-red fire engine to its lineup of
Terry Spoor, program chair, said students in the summer
quarter, which begins July 11, would be the first to train on the
"SCC had gone through a series of donated units," Spoor said.
"We had a whole history of second-hand fire apparatuses. We are
very thankful for those, but they were older pieces of equipment
and not optimal."
SCC's ongoing effort to train students on the latest
technology, regardless of program, led to the purchase of the new
fire engine. Engine 17 is a 2012 Pierce Responder and cost
approximately $180,000. It features a 1,250-gallons-per-minute
Waterous pump and a 1,000-gallon poly tank. It contains high side
compartments and rear-mount ladders.
"This is more representative of the type of equipment our
students will be working with, in both career and volunteer fire
departments," Spoor said. "We now have a state-of-the-art piece of
equipment to teach with in the program."
Many safety improvements were made with this model, Spoor
said, including a pressure regulation device for the pump, lighting
in and around the apparatus for night-time operation, accessible
ladders mounted under the tank, and a low-mount pre-connected hose
bed behind the fully-enclosed four-door cab.
Second-, third- and fourth-quarter students in the Structural
Firefighter I, Structural Firefighter II and Structural
Firefighting Operations classes will be the primary users of the
new truck, Spoor said.
"The (Structural) Firefighting Operations class will go
through simulated situations where students will deploy as if they
were on an actual emergency scene," Spoor said.
The Freightliner M2 has a 38,000-pound gross vehicle weight
chassis and is powered by a Cummins ISB 330 diesel engine. It also
has an Allison 3000 EVS five-speed automatic transmission. The unit
is National Fire Protection Association 1901-2009 compliant.
Persons wanting more information about SCC's Fire Protection
Technology program are asked to contact Spoor at 402-437-2677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.