September 2, 2014

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Students at Medina career center benefit from fire truck donation

Seniors mount a fire hose this morning onto a 1986 Pierce fire truck, which was recently donated by the Medina Fire Department. Juniors and seniors at the Medina County Career Center will benefit by having a newer truck for training. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Seniors mount a fire hose this morning onto a 1986 Pierce fire truck, which was recently donated by the Medina Fire Department. Juniors and seniors at the Medina County Career Center will benefit by having a newer truck for training. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

MEDINA — Student firefighters at the Medina County Career Center got a boost for training last week when the school acquired a new fire truck.

The 1986 Pierce fire truck officially changed hands from the city of Medina via the Medina Fire Department to the career center on Aug. 24, according to Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter.

“It had no resale value to us anymore,” the chief said. “Hopefully, the school will get more out of it as a training tool.”

About two dozen seniors in the Public Safety 1 class were conducting training operations with the fire truck this morning. Overall, 50 juniors and seniors at the Medina career center will benefit from having the truck be part of the public safety course, said instructor Ray Anthony.

Students today were mounting tools on the fire truck, rolling and loading hoses and securing ladders.

“This enhances us,” Anthony said. “It will give us a more real-life situation in training.”

Read more about this story in Wednesday’s Gazette and The Gazette online.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or at sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.