La Porte fire truck goes to new home at San Jacinto College

12.17.2013 | By

San Jacinto College Firefighter Training Academy cadets perform skill demonstrations using the Ferrara fire truck from the City of La Porte. Pictured left to right: Daniel Smith, Firefighter Training Academy cadet; Joseph Brysch, San Jacinto College fire protection technology program director; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor; Mayor Louis Rigby, City of La Porte; Donald Ladd, assistant chief of the La Porte Fire Department; and Genise Williams, Firefighter Training Academy cadet. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.


La Porte fire truck goes to new home at San Jacinto College

Jeannie Peng-Armao -- December 18, 2013



PASADENA, Texas – Like an infamous cinematic line, the City of La Porte recently made an offer San Jacinto College just could not refuse.

The College is now home to a 1997 Ferrara fire truck that will serve as a major training tool for cadets of the Firefighter Training Academy. This latest addition to the fire protection program comes at the price of $1 and adds to another fire truck contribution made by the city earlier this year.

For Firefighter Training Academy cadet Genise Williams, training on fire trucks adds a much-needed element to an already thorough training program.

"As cadets, we go through very rigorous training to prepare us for what we will face one day," said Williams. "Learning the various operations and all of the little details that go along with a fire truck prepares us even more for when we arrive on a scene."

The San Jacinto College Firefighter Academy delivers 592 hours of training over seven courses, compared to the 468 hours required by the state. Once certified, cadets have a choice of furthering their education to include an Associate of Applied Science in Firefighting.

"Supporting the San Jacinto College Firefighter Training Academy is very important, not only for the cadets who are training, but to the citizens of La Porte because a lot of these student come back to us to work as firefighters," said La Porte Mayor Louis Rigby.

In fact, the fire protection degree program at San Jacinto College was started by a volunteer La Porte firefighter in the early 1980s. Since that time, the program has grown to include the Firefighter Training Academy, which is currently conducting classes 46 and 47. Cadets in these classes are scheduled to graduate in May.

"The key to our students' success is the generous support from our community," said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. "Our cadets will one day serve as our community firefighters, and we thank the City of La Porte for recognizing and supporting our mission to provide the very best in training and education to our students who are preparing for their careers in public safety.”

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Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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