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Published on Jun 27, 2013
By Krystle Henderson/KTVL.comMEDFORD, Ore. - A new hands-on fire training tool will soon be available for students in your town. Medford Fire Department sold one of its engines to Rogue Community College. A new engine could cost more than $500,000. This 20-year-old truck was just $15,000 for the school, which otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford one.What we've done in the past is rely on borrowed equipment for most of our fire service training and we really needed to be able to provide consistent, reliable training for our students with our own equipment and so this is kind of the logical next step to a number of things we added to our program to allow us to take the training to another level, RCC's Emergency Services Department Chair Gary Heigel said.The school also recently purchased all the gear to go along with it, such as uniforms and equipment, to make the training seem more like the students are on the job.Students will start using the fire truck this fall.