City donates engine for FutureForward fire science program

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 10:30am

New program part of district's career education expansion

The future of career training education in the Five Star District rolled into the parking lot of the new FutureForward at Washington Square campus Aug. 17 as City of Thornton Fire Chief Gordie Olson, joined by Mayor Jan Kulmann, delivered a fire engine to waiting staff.

The city donated the retired fire engine to support the district's brand new fire science program.

"At the city we really value our partnerships, and we are so proud to be able to donate this engine to this new school to be able to help our kids learn what it takes to be a firefighter," Kulmann said. "I'm super excited that any kid that goes through this program will have the opportunity to become a firefighter, and we're hoping they become firefighters in Thornton."

"We've always had a lot pride as a city and a fire department in our relationship with the school district," added Olson."When they came forward and said 'hey, how about a firefighting program?' we were happy to jump on it."

The fire science program is one of three programs being launched thanks to the expansion of career and technical education programs in the district through the 2016 Bond Program. About 50 district high school students are signed up for the first year of the program.

"A portion of this campus' design was to have a fire safety program" said Adams 12 Superintendent Chris Gdowski. "One of the essential elements to really make it come alive for our students is to have the truck and the other equipment that you are actually utilizing day in and day out. It was an item beyond our means in the terms of money that we had available so the generosity of city leadership to make this an asset that our students can use each and every day is tremendously appreciated."

The fire engine was purchased new by the city in 2002 to christen its then-new Station 75. It transitioned to a reserve engine in 2013 and then, most recently, became a training engine during the department's fire academy. During its service time, it responded to more than 11,500 incident calls.