Jackson Fire Department donates engine to Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center

SOUTHEAST, Mo. (KBSI)- In grade school, they ask you what you want to be when you grow up. Many children say astronaut, teacher, or firefighter.

The Jackson Fire Department reminds everyone the childhood dream of becoming a firefighter can still become a reality.

The department donated a fire engine for students at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center.

Fire Chief Jason Mouser says the timing was just right in being able to get the approval from the City of Jackson for a new fire truck and approval to donate the old one.

Chief Mouser says the Fire and Rescue team is looking at different avenues to find applicants for the fire department.

“You know I think this kind of puts it back out there,” said Chief Mouser. “There’s a lot of community-oriented students out there that maybe not know what they’re going to pursue. They have the credits to graduate already. Maybe this is something, you know, they want to see if they have an interest in it, and this gives them an avenue to do that.”

The donation comes as the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center has unveiled a new two-year program to train students in emergency medical services. So far, the already have 10 applicants.

“There’s nothing like real-life, hands-on experience,” said Brock Crowley, director of Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center said. “To utilize, learn how to operate, something they’re going to get their hands on.”

The fire engine is still running and in great shape. Teachers say it’s the perfect tool to practice on for students wanting to go into the field.

“We’re excited to get this program up and running, and look forward to being able to provide, hopefully, provide firefighters for our local fire departments,” said Director Crowley.

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