GACTC receives fire equipment

Recently, the Emergency Services program at the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center has received a number of donations of equipment from several local fire departments:

United Fire Department

In December, United Fire Department Station 18 donated firefighting gear to the Emergency Services Program for use in hands-on training as follows: 13 structural firefighting jackets; 12 structural firefighting bunker pants; one firefighting helmet; five pairs of extrication gloves; and firefighting boots.

This gear, in like-new condition, has an estimated value of $13,000.

Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company

In January, the Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company donated seven complete sets of self-contained breathing apparatus and turnout gear.

Phoenix Volunteer Fire Department, Hollidaysburg

A Mako Cascade unit was donated by the Phoe-nix Volunteer Fire Department, Hollidaysburg, in January.

This is a system capable of filling two self-contained breathing apparatus units simultaneously to 4500 psi in less than two minutes.

The system will assist the Emergency Service Program with conducting live SCBA drills (on air) which is a critical component to the firefighting portion of the program.

Using the new system, students will learn breathing discipline and air management skills, as well as emergency low-air drills.