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Students enhance hands-on-skills with donation of fire truck

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Students in the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy's firefighting training program will now be able to learn their craft with some more hands-on experience, thanks to a donation from the Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service.

The suit, the hose, and now the truck. About a hundred students at the career tech academy will have all the tools needed to learn the everyday skills firefighter must have.

"I want to get on the fire truck, I want to ride in the fire truck. I just want to see didn't things on the fire truck. I want to you know be hands-on with the fire truck," high school junior Keith Spencer said.

But the instructor says the donation means more than just another tool.

Instructor Ched Burton said,"It's not just a truck they're bringing us. It's all the equipment that they're donating with the truck. It's the ability to actually pull gear off a truck and take it to the door of the fire we're fighting. Or it's the ability to learn how to put an air pack on in the seat of a truck rather than taking it off the floor. It gives us an identity."

The fire truck will be store on the campus of the new Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy that's scheduled to open in the fall.

But for those seniors who won't get much time with the new truck, one student said he's already learned valuable life skills in the fire class.

Donovan Gee, a high school senior said, "Not to doubt yourself because you might not think you can do certain things, but just try it and you might be able to get through it. If you don't you'll live to fight another day."

And that's the mentality their instructor wants them to have whenever a daunting task or fire appears.

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