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College donates fire truck to help Liberty High program

Vehicle will assist fire science students


COURTESY PHOTO - Ed Lindsey (right), PCCs Fire Protection Tech Program chairman, presents Liberty High fire science teacher Rodney Linz with keys to the donated truck. What’s red and shiny and will help students at Liberty High School year after year?

A fire engine donated by Portland Community College’s Fire Protection Technology program earlier this month.

The truck will be used by Liberty’s fire science program — a series of dual credit courses offered through PCC at the school. There are currently 66 students in the program.

“We are extremely happy that we have this opportunity to turn over this fire engine for students to use as a learning platform,” said John Saito, dean of allied health, emergency and legal services at PCC’s Cascade campus.

“Fire service is going to get more technical. The program provides the necessary skills and knowledge,” he added.

The 1997 KME pumper carries 1,000 gallons of water and can pump up to 1,250 gallons per minute. It has a mid-ship pump and control panel, and is capable of supplying multiple hand lines, stationary hose lines and a water cannon.

The fire science program is part of PCC’s Portland Area Career Technical Education Consortium (PACTEC) and dual credit programs, which includes 20 high schools in Washington and Columbia counties. 

The program does not charge tuition or fees, and is estimated to have saved students’ families about $3 million in PCC tuition in 2013-14. This year, the college has 6,766 high school students in its dual credit program, with 3,838 of them located in Washington County.

The keys and title to the truck were presented earlier this month to Liberty fire science teacher and PCC alum Rodney Linz, who is also chief of the Banks Fire Department.

“It takes collaboration for us to get here,” said Greg Timmons, Liberty High School principal. “PCC, Hillsboro School District and local fire departments all collaborate together to serve students and get them college and career ready.”

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