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Old North fire truck finds new home

October 4, 2017
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

After serving the North Fort Myers Fire Control & Rescue District for nearly 20 years, the old fire engine is going to have a new home and purpose, to teach the firefighters of the future.

The East Lee County High School Fire Academy announced last week they have received a donation of the old. fire truck for use by its students.

The donation of the 1998 Pierce Saber Fire Engine was approved by the North Fort Myers Fire Control & Rescue Services District Commissioners Board and Fire Chief David Rice.

The truck was retired in August after the fire district bought a new one for its station on Barrett Road, the first such purchase in a decade.

Lt. Jason Kabral, a firefighter who is also an instructor in the program at East Lee, came up with the idea of donating the truck instead of seeing it go to the scrapyard.

"He came up to me and explained what the truck would be used for. I thought it was a great idea because it would enhance hands-on training, providing experience for those who want to be firefighters," said Rice, who brought the idea to the Board of County Commissioners, who approved the donation.

The ELCHS Fire Academy will use the fire truck to teach recruits hands-on, practical skills required in order to obtain certification. The school also plans to use the new fire engine to bring awareness to the East Lee County High School Fire Academy during parades.

Rice said they expect to use that truck for training purposes soon.

Rice said it is typical that fire districts donate their old equipment to fire academies so cadets can have something to give them practical experience.

"It's not the best equipment because it's older staff. But it's good stuff in which to train on," Rice said. "That's why we feel comfortable doing it."



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