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Published: Thursday, 5/23/2013

Penta gets Toledo fire truck for use in classes

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
A fire truck was donated by the City of Toledo to the Public Safety/EMT-Fire Science program at Penta Career Center. A fire truck was donated by the City of Toledo to the Public Safety/EMT-Fire Science program at Penta Career Center.
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Last fall, Penta Career Center instructor Tom Krisjanis was visiting a Toledo fire station where he had worked for 17 years when he saw an unused fire truck and said, "I need to bring that to Penta."

Today, Penta officially unveiled the fire rig donated from the City of Toledo.  Built in 1990, the rig features a 50-foot water tower and aerial ladder. 

"This is a great asset for this class," junior Evan Deniston said. He is from Luckey and is studying a public safety, EMT, and fire science at Penta, in Perrysburg Township. "This class was a lot of book work, which is all well and good, but it is great to actually get hands on experience with it."

Penta Superintendent Ron Matter said it gives their students a leg up with the real-world, hands-on experience. 

Mr. Krisjanis, public safety, EMT, and fire science instructor, said the reason that Toledo wasn't using it was because it didn't pass a standard pump test. Luis Santiago, Toledo chief of Fire and Rescue, said it hasn't been used for four to five years. 

Toledo Mayor Mike Bell speaks with Penta students about the donated fire truck. Toledo Mayor Mike Bell speaks with Penta students about the donated fire truck.
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"We can let young people learn from this, it is a practical way to use [the truck] after we're done with it," Toledo Mayor Mike Bell said. "If it motivates young people to get into becoming a firefighter or emergency response, then  it is a minor donation for how much benefits it brings."

Mr. Matter said that, if Toledo had sold it in an auction, it  would get around $2,500 for it, likely for its parts.

"It is a great way to use taxpayers' money and keep it going to good use," Mr. Matter said. "In career technical education we put a lot of effort and time into making it as real world as we can get it."

With school wrapping up, Mr. Deniston said he hopes they are able to use the ladder before the year ends. But in a few days they've already been able to work turn it on, raise the ladder, and stock it full of their equipment. 

"I think we're blessed," Mr. Krisjanis said. "I'm tickled to death."

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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