July 18, 2018 - After serving the City of Jacksonville for more than 20 years, a fire truck removed from service will now help train future members of Jacksonville Fire and Emergency Services.
The 1995 Quality Spartan Gladiator 1500 Gallons Per Minute pumper was presented to Coastal Carolina Community College Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Mayor Sammy Phillips took the last ride in the truck as it was delivered to the College Administration Building.
The College expressed an interest in the truck that could be used in their fire service training classes. Many members of the current Fire and Emergency Services have benefited through training at Coastal Carolina Community College.
A new pumper engine recently was added to the front line service vehicles for Jacksonville Fire and Emergency Services. That caused a cascade of changes since the vehicle that had been on the front line moves to a reserve position. That action removed the 1995 vehicle from the reserve fleet.
Mayor Phillips delivered the truck to Coastal Carolina Community College President, David L. Heatherly at the event. City officials believe the donation of the truck will provide a higher benefit to the City by giving students training on equipment that is very similar to equipment they will use when in the fire service.
The fire engine pumper was transferred to the college under a provision in state law that provides for intergovernmental transfers.