WSCC Accepts Keys to Fire Truck from City of Belpre

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Gary Williams, Dr. Nutter, Dr. Ebersole, John Burdette with Engine 5

MARIETTA, Ohio (August 21, 2014) – On Monday, August 11th, Washington State Community College (WSCC) accepted the keys to a pumper fire truck from the Belpre Volunteer Fire Department during the Belpre City Council meeting. Dr. Bradley Ebersole, President of WSCC and John Burdette, Director, Center for Public Safety Training at WSCC gratefully accepted the donation to the Volunteer Fire Fighter Academy. "Supported by the Ohio State Fire Academy and Fire Marshal Flowers, we've been working with local fire departments and fire chiefs for the last 2 years to establish a viable fire training program. Thanks to the generosity of the City of Belpre, and the efforts of our Fire Advisory Board, we're seeing those efforts come to fruition. We're deeply grateful for all that assistance," said Burdette. Other WSCC Senior Administrators attending the council meeting were: Dr. Mark Nutter, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Gary Williams, Executive Director for the Foundation & Grant Development; and Claudia Owens, Executive Director, Marketing and Public Relations.

The 30 year old pumper truck is better known as Engine Five and despite its 30 years with the Belpre Volunteer Fire Department, it is still in good condition. Prior to the donation, Washington State Community College had to borrow equipment from local fire departments. Mike Palmer, Auto Diesel Instructor at WSCC will benefit from the donation as well. He will be using the truck for instructional purposes in his Diesel Program.

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Dr. Ebersole accepts keys from Belpre Fire Chief Eric Sinnett

Belpre Fire Chief Eric Sinnett handed the keys to Engine Five over to Dr. Ebersole during the council meeting. The title transfer was effective immediately, and Engine Five was brought to its new home at WSCC. The pumper fire truck will be part of WSCC's group in the Washington County Fair Parade on August 30th.

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