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La Porte Fire Department Hands Over Keys For Decommissioned Truck To San Jacinto College’s Firefighter Training Academy

On December 13th, the La Porte Fire Department handed over the keys to a decommissioned fire truck to San Jacinto College Chancellor, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, for use in their firefighter training academy. LPFD has a vested interest in the success of the academy as five out of our fourteen paid firefighters graduated from that training academy and numerous volunteers received their certification through the program. Those state certifications, and in turn the program, are extremely beneficial for our citizens as they help decrease our ISO (Insurance Service Offer) rating which in turn reduces insurances rates for homeowners.

The engine was no longer suitable for protecting the lives and property of our citizens and will be an incredible training tool for the cadets. This is the second truck the City has sold to the Fire Training Academy but it is the first that has a fully enclosed cab giving cadets a real life firefighting experience while training. Cadets will be able to train on every aspect of answering a call with this addition to their program. In return for the inexpensive price tag, the college provides scholarships to our volunteers to help them get their EMT certifications and associates degrees in fire technology.

"The San Jacinto College Fire Academy is where many of our firemen start their careers. This partnership for de-commissioned fire trucks between the City and San Jacinto College is a win-win for everyone involved and we are proud to support such a successful training program." said Mayor Rigby. You can view pictures of the exchange on the City's Facebook page at Facebook.com/laportetexas.