Butler Tech’s Firefighting Technology program welcomes a 1992 E-One Typhoon fire engine, fitted with newer equipment, from the City of Fairfield Fire Department. It becomes the program’s second fire truck and will help students participate in more field exercises and train with a larger variety of equipment.
“With the additional truck, it’ll be exciting to get more time on the field so we can show everyone what Butler Tech and our instructors are teaching us,” says Austin Flannery, Firefighting Technology senior.
With the additional equipment, such as ladders, fire hoses, saws, and axes, students are discovering new techniques and strengthening their skills to improve in fire and rescue drills. While in the field, using two fire engines proves incredibly useful for giving more students the opportunity to perfect their ability in maneuvering between cones on the driving course.
Students were surprised when the Fairfield Fire Department also included helmets that were more comfortable and a set of passport and accountability tags with their names engraved on them.
“The tags are used to inform the team of what everyone’s role and location is at the scene of a fire. It’s a really important tool to have, so to see everyone on the team with their name engraved on the tags like that was really unexpected and awesome.” says Katie Garner, Firefighting Technology senior.
The fire engine is new for the students, but for Richard Hall, Firefighting Technology instructor, the two are old friends. Hall worked with the Fairfield Fire Department at the time the truck was delivered to them.
“I was the first person to run the truck on a structure fire,” says Hall. “It’s ironic that the truck ended up following me here to Butler Tech.”