ALBANY, GA — One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.
While fire and police departments retired emergency response vehicles, Albany Technical College sees a wealth of opportunity in receiving the refurbished donations.
“It’s excellent to see a police care and ambulance and fire truck allowing our students to have a hands-on education. That’s what we’re all about here: hands-on,” says Don Laye with Albany Tech’s Fire Science Technology Department.
With the help of three donated vehicles, some students will get valuable experience that could later help this community.
“Riding into a police vehicle, policing the city and to get trained to do that so when they come out of this, the potential law enforcement people feed into our department and they get further training,” says Albany Mayor Willie Adams.
The city of Albany donated a retired police car to assist emergency response students the basics of driving it lessons such as how to secure people and how to transport them in the vehicle.
Dougherty County donated an ambulance which the college will add to its collection. The school already has one neonatal ambulance and an ambulance that is used inside classrooms for training.
“This ambulance from the county will actually be able to make simulated runs to pick up people who might be injured,” says Parker.
These new tools will allow students to get out of the textbook, and into an actual emergency response vehicle.
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