The City of Blue Ash Fire Department has donated more than $150,000 in self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) to Great Oaks for use in its adult Fire Academy and high school Firefighting/EMS programs.
“The Blue Ash Fire Department and Great Oaks have had a longstanding partnership. We routinely choose Great Oaks students when we have job openings,” said Blue Ash Fire Chief, Chris Theders. “We are glad to make this donation, which will put modern equipment into the hands of future firefighters.” The City of Blue Ash donated 18 SCBA units, 45 bottles for air, and 60 masks. The SCBA became available when the Blue Ash Fire Department upgraded their equipment.
Eleven current Blue Ash firefighters received their training at Great Oaks.
The donation was picked up on Wednesday by Great Oaks staff, including Fire Safety Supervisor Johnny Mason. “This donation by
Blue Ash Fire Department is another great event in our partnership, while providing the best equipment possible to our students during training. These SCBA ensure our students have access to advanced equipment in preparation to serve our communities as firefighters and EMTs.”
There are an estimated 75 openings in area fire departments on any given day.
Great Oaks Career Campuses, a public career-technical school district, provides career training for high school students and adults in over 30 career fields, including firefighting and emergency medical services.