Highlands Fire Department Chief Mike Bradly hands over a Cascade System air bottle to Public Safety, Law and Allied Health Department Chairman David Ramos, making their donation to the Fire Science program official.
The Highlands Fire District has donated a Cascade System and 60 bottles to the Fire Science Department at Coconino Community College. A Cascade system is a compressor that compresses and filters air into breathing quality and is then put into large containers. Smaller bottles are filled with this air for Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBA). SCBAs are masks worn by rescue workers to provide breathable air in hazardous situations.
The donation will help the Fire Science Department understand and practice safety measures. The Highlands Fire District SCBA program Manager, Grant Bradley, says “We decided to donate to CCC because it benefits the community as a whole as well as helps train future fire fighters for our organization”.
This is not the first time that the Highlands Fire District has donated to CCC. Past and current donations have encouraged and helped future fire fighters to continue on with their successes and studies of fire science.
Each bottle, bought new, is around 1,000 dollars each and the Cascade system around 5,000 to 10,000 dollars. This current donation has saved the college around 70,000 dollars in equipment fees. The donation has given a valuable opportunity for the betterment of CCC’s Fire Science student’s knowledge and training.