(Tecumseh, Ontario) - At the October 9th meeting of the Town of Tecumseh, members of the Tecumseh Fire and Rescue Services participated in a ceremonial handing over of a truck to the St. Clair College Pre-Service Firefighting program. The truck was surplussed by Council at the September 25, 2018 meeting and will now be used in the training of future fire fighters.
“Tecumseh recognizes the importance of supporting our local and regional community,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “Many of our fire fighters came through the St. Clair College program and by providing this truck to them, it means that our future fire fighters will be trained on a former Tecumseh truck. That is a legacy we fully support.”
The truck is a 1990 Spartan Pumper Firetruck that has outlived its use as a front line pumper for the Town. It still has several years left as a training vehicle for students in the program to learn how to drive and operate this type of large vehicle. The truck was originally purchased by Tecumseh in 1990 and has been used for major incidents like the Bonduelle fire.
“It is so very fitting that this generous donation is occurring at the outset of International Fire Prevention Week,” said Patti France, President St. Clair College. “By providing St. Clair’s Pre-Service Firefighter students with the opportunity to be trained on such modern equipment, Tecumseh Fire and Rescue Services is ensuring that the next generation of this integral profession will be well versed in both combatting and preventing fires.”
Members of the Tecumseh Fire and Rescue Services volunteer their time with the College as members of the Steering and Advisory Committee, and Tecumseh’s Fire Tower, Smoke House and Confined Space training facilities are also used by the College for training purposes.