Tybee Island Fire Department donates sets of firefighting gear to Savannah Technical College’s Fire Science program

TYBEE ISLAND – The City of Tybee Island Fire Department donated used firefighting gear to Savannah Technical College’s Fire Science program today. The gear is no longer able to be used for firefighting incidents, but will be used for training at the College.

“We appreciate the generosity of the City of Tybee Island’s Fire Department,” said STC President Dr. Kathy S. Love. “The equipment is a welcome addition to Savannah Technical College’s hands-on training opportunities for Fire Science students.”

Tybee Island is in the process of replacing its firefighting gear and wanted to find someone local that could use it. The donation includes 19 helmets, 16 sets of gloves and jackets, along with 18 pants, 32 pairs of boots and six sets of suspenders. The donated equipment will be used for various training scenarios that do not involve live-fire including; Hazardous Materials Operations and future fire science dual-enrollment programs in area high schools that should be starting next fall.

“We are glad to support Savannah Tech’s Fire Science Program to educate, train, certify future and current emergency responders in our area,” said Tybee Island Fire Chief Ashley Fields and STC Fire Science advisory board member.

The STC Fire Science program office is located to the Crossroads campus (190 Crossroads Parkway, Savannah, 31407). All Fire Science class schedules designed to support our student’s balancing their home/life/work schedules with a combination of evening and online classes with practical hands-on training occurring at various area fire departments.

The Fire Science programs at Savannah Technical College prepare graduates for successful careers in the fire and emergency service field, whether they are looking to obtain required certifications to apply to fire departments nationwide or wish to obtain their degree to qualify for promotion into leadership positions at their department. Many of the classes meet the educational criteria established by the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council (ProBoard) allowing students to challenge various national fire service certifications including Fire Officer I & II, Incident Safety Officer, Fire Instructor I, Hazardous Materials Operations, Fire & Life Safety Educator, etc. Interested students should contact Faust at or 912.443.3386.



1611 | August 20, 2015

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