In a gesture that combined generosity with a practical demonstration of its commitment to the people of Oregon, Freightliner LLC has donated a new fire truck to the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Academy.
The truck is a 2005 model pumper featuring an American LaFrance body on a Freightliner M2 medium duty chassis. It can carry five fire fighters, has a 1,000 gallon water tank and can pump up to 1,000 gallons per minute.
Freightliner President and CEO Chris Patterson gave Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski the keys to the truck during a ceremony this week at Freightliner’s corporate headquarters in Portland.
“It was our intent to benefit as many Oregonians as possible by making this contribution to a facility that trains firefighters from around the state. This contribution reflects our corporate commitment to enhancing the communities of Oregon and to protecting the environment,” said Jeffrey Fisher, Freightliner Director of Corporate Communications.
The fire truck donation was the most recent demonstration by Freightliner of this corporate commitment to community causes. In June Freightliner became principal sponsor of Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Concert Series, and the company will sponsor the Hesse Exhibition at the Portland Art Museum this fall.
Freightliner has also made donations to corporate causes in Ontario and other locations and is planning corporate charitable support in the Carolinas where it operates multiple manufacturing facilities.
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Academy trains fire fighters, police and corrections officers. Next summer the academy will move from Monmouth to a new, $72 million facility in Salem that will include a 1.6 mile driving course for training emergency vehicle operators.
“The academy trains more than 8,000 fire fighters a year from 300 fire departments throughout the state. Its graduates help make every one of these communities safer,” said Eriks Gabliks, deputy director of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. “In the past, we’ve used older fire trucks that were retired from service but this new fire truck will give trainees hands-on experience with state-of-the-art fire fighting equipment. In addition to being used for training firefighters, on occasion the Freightliner pumper may be on call for real emergencies such as large brush fires.”