Newnan donates fire truck to help train new firefighters

This 1996 Pierce Saber Fire Truck is donated to Georgia State Fire Academy to train new firefighters.

The town of Newnan donated an old fire truck to help train state firefighters.

A 1996 Pierce Saber fire truck was donated to Georgia State Fire Academy at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The academy, located at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, oversees the training, both basic and advanced, of career firefighters and state volunteer firefighters, according to the facility’s website.

The board unanimously approved the donation at its meeting. According to city documents, the city purchased the fire truck for $ 195,166, and has rarely been used by the Newnan Fire Department for the past 10 years “due to the modernization of our current fleet at today’s standards ”, and the engine was“ of little use to our department.

According to city documents, the Georgia State Fire Academy needs working fire trucks to train new recruits in driving and pumping fire apparatus.

“With all the help we’ve received over the past three years, this is a great opportunity to give back,” said Stephen Brown, Newnan Fire Chief. “This truck is of little use, it wouldn’t add much to an auction, and in a show of goodwill, it would be a very good thing to do for our surrounding counties and towns that have helped us. ”

After Tuesday’s vote, Ike McConnell, division director of the Georgia State Fire Academy, thanked the city for the donation of the fire truck.

“When I took on this position four years ago, there was no driver-operator program in our fire academy,” said McConnell. “We’ve trained everything from the starter recruit to the fire chief, but we haven’t trained the people who drive to and from the call. This being one of the leading causes of firefighter deaths in the United States, I thought it was appropriate to start this training program. We can only do a certain amount of training with the resources we have, and this pumper will be helpful in training firefighters across the state. ”

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