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Hendersonville Fire Dept. donates fire truck to school district's fire academy program

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HENDERSONVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The Hendersonville Fire Department will donate a working fire truck to Henderson County Public Schools Fire Academy Program on Thursday, the school district said.

The truck will be delivered during a push-in ceremony, which firefighters said is a tradition that predates automobiles.

"The horses couldn't back up very well," said Fire Chief Joseph Vindigni in a news release. "So when they got the fire truck to the station, they would disconnect the horses, and the firefighters would push the carriage into the station. And that's where the tradition came from."

Vindigni said many of the fire department’s recruits begin working on their certifications in the school’s program, so donating the truck is a good way to give back to the community.

Approved by Hendersonville City Council on Feb. 6, the HFD's decision to donate the working engine to the Career Fire Academy

stems from the department's desire to become more involved with the high school Fire Academy Program, Vindigni said.

"This (truck from the HFD) will give the students opportunities to actually do practicals on a working apparatus instead of having to simulate everything," said Ted Barnett, the Fire Academy Chief at the Hendeson County Career Academy. "It'll be more realistic training and application for them."

The truck should serve the school systems needs for at least 15-20 years.

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