The Surprise Fire-Medical Department (SFMD) donated a fire engine to the Valley Vista High School Fire Science Program on September 24.
The fire engine is a 2006 EONE Cyclone Pumper with a 1500 gallon per minute pump and seating for up to six crew members. The engine was retired per the city’s replacement policy and has served the City and its residents well, operating out of three fire stations during its time in service. Now, the apparatus will continue to have an impact on the community through the Valley Vista Fire Science Program.
Valley Vista’s program offers two courses that prepare students to perform technical services involved with planning, organizing, researching, directing, and controlling functions and processes related to the provision of Fire Science services. The fire engine will enhance the program by allowing students the opportunity for hands-on training.
This donation is another example of the strong partnership between the SFMD, the Dysart Unified School District, and the Valley Vista Fire Science Program. The SFMD provides students the opportunity for off-campus experiences and professional internships. Each school year, SFMD accepts two student interns who assist in fire administration and have the opportunity to work with firefighters at the fire stations. Additionally, students assist firefighters at various community events, such as Fire Station Open Houses.
To learn more about the Valley Vista Fire Science Program, please visit https://www.dysart.org/sites/default.aspx?pgid=144.
To learn more about the Surprise-Fire Medical Department, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/fire.