San Bernardino County Fire Department donates engine to CHC Fire Academy

By on July 22, 2020
CAL FIRE fire truck

Crafton Hills College Regional Fire Academy expresses sincere thanks to the San Bernardino County Fire Department for the donation of a Wildland Type III fire engine.

The donated vehicle is a 1999 International / Pierce Type III Brush Engine that has served the San Bernardino Area for more than 20 years. The engine can carry 500 gallons of water, pumps 500 GPM & has the ability to “pump and roll” which is crucial for wildland firefighting. A full wildland compliment of gear consistent with industry standards has also been donated with the engine.

“This generous donation will greatly improve our program as well as bringing industry consistency to the students during their time in the academy,” said Michael Alder, chief of the CHC Fire Academy. “It is ironic that this particular fire engine was one that I had actually helped develop and build while heading up our apparatus committee with the San Bernardino City Fire Department so I’m very familiar with this fire engine.”

CHC Fire Academy and the San Bernardino County Fire Department have a long, rich partnership with more than 100 graduates of the program going on to have careers in the Department.

The Fire Academies at CHC are an integral part of San Bernardino County’s “Cradle to Career” program, providing educational training and tracks to a career. Additionally, many instructors are current or retired firefighters from the Department.

“On behalf of our long running program as well as the Crafton Hills College and the San Bernardino Community College District, I would like to thank the San Bernardino County Fire Department for this great donation and all of the support that they have provided us throughout the years,” said Alder. “We truly value our great working relationship and the positive impact it has on our communities.”

Previously the Fire Department has donated two other Type I fire engines as well as a “Rescue Squad.”

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