thumbnail_IMG_4046Fire science students in the Colorado River Union High School District have a new hands-on training tool: a pumper truck donated by the Mohave Valley Fire Department. The 1987 FMC Class One pumper will be based at River Valley High School in Mohave Valley, but will also be used by students at Mohave High School in Bullhead City.

Mohave Valley Fire Department recently donated 25 sets of heavy duty firefighting clothing, or turnouts, as well as 13 breathing apparatus. The truck and equipment are the latest in-kind donations to the fire science program by area fire departments, including Bullhead City, Fort Mojave Mesa and Mohave Valley.

“This truck can no longer be used for emergencies, but can be used for training,” said Mohave Valley fire marshal Don Gibson. “We received a grant for a new Type One engine and pumper tender. The old equipment can’t be re-sold, so this is the perfect use for it.”

Fire department mechanics thoroughly inspected the pumper truck to make sure that everything was operational before it was handed over, Gibson said.

Fire science teacher Dale Stanfield said students may simultaneously dual-enroll in the Mohave Community College fire science program.

“If they follow the curriculum and recommendations, they get prepped here and within a year they’re employable as firefighters and EMTs,” said Stanfield. There are currently 32 River Valley students enrolled in the program, along with 38 enrolled at Mohave High. That is a 20 student increase over last year, and enrollment has quadrupled since it was first offered by the Colorado River Union High School District as part of career technical education (CTE).

Fire science graduates of the District have been employed by five local fire departments as staff or volunteers, including Bullhead City, Ft. Mojave Mesa, Golden Shores, Mohave Valley and Oatman.

“Educating and mentoring home-grown talent is important, whether it’s for the fire sciences or other professions,” added Stanfield.

“Our primary goal with these donations and support is getting the students the information and training to move forward,” said Gibson.

Additional information about the fire science program in the Colorado River Union High School District is available by contacting CTE director Gina Covert at 928-758-3916, x-1219.