Mesa donates fire truck to EVIT Fire Science Academy

The City of Mesa and Mesa Fire and Medical Department will donate a fire truck pumper to the East Valley Institute of Technology at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main Street, Mesa.

The 1997 Pierce Quantum truck can pump 1,500 gallons per minute and will be used by EVIT’s Academy of Fire Science, which trains East Valley high school students and adults for first-responder careers in firefighting and emergency medical services.

Forrest Smith, Deputy Chief/Public Information Officer for Mesa Fire and Medical, said the fiscal impact of donating one fire apparatus to EVIT is minimal to the City of Mesa and the Fire Department and estimated at $5,000 to $15,000 revenue loss. Total cost for the Pierce Quantum unit in 1997 was $260,000.

The truck donation will be attended by Mesa Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh, representatives from Mesa Fire and Medical Department, EVIT Superintendent Dr. Sally Downey, EVIT administrators, and instructors and students from EVIT Fire Science Academy. The donation will be covered live by EVIT’s radio station, 88.7FM The Pulse.

EVIT Fire Science students gain practical experience through hands-on training that includes live fire training, search and rescue, high-rise tower drills, and the operation of fire apparatus and equipment used by local academies. First-year students get a basic overview of fire science and emergency medical technician fundamentals. Second-year students participate in physical training, team activities and demonstrations by local, state and federal agencies.

EVIT Fire Science Academy provides the opportunity for students to earn up to 15 hours of dual enrollment college credit through Mesa Community College, and prepares students to test for several professional industry certifications, including Aircraft Rescue Firefighter (ARFF).

EVIT students have a 96% high school graduation rate, 2 out of 3 go on to college, and 87% are in jobs, college or the military within one year of their EVIT training.

For more information about the fire truck donation, contact Forrest Smith at (480) 644-5175 or [email protected]. For more information about the EVIT Fire Science Academy, visit

Media contact: CeCe Todd, (480) 461-4032

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Justin Heintz

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